Officer Claude Mitchell Earle

Officer Claude Mitchell Earle

Monroe Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Tuesday, November 9, 1920

Claude Mitchell Earle

Officer C.M. Earle was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to question a suspicious person. The officers were on foot patrol near the business district when they observed a man run into a shed behind a bank.

They approached the shed with their flashlights and asked what the man was doing, but were met with gunfire. Both officers returned fire but did not strike the suspect because he was concealed behind a crate. The suspect shot at both officers again, striking Officer Earle in the side, before fleeing from the scene.

Officer Earle succumbed to his wound later that night. The suspect was never identified.

Officer Earle had served with the Monroe Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Never identified

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Thank you for your service to our great of Louisiana. You nor your service will be forgotten. Time does not erase nor fill the void of the loss of loved ones. When teaching I would always speak of "fair weather " friends and "true blue" friends. Explaining that they (my students) could only truly count on those friends that were "true blue". Sir you were a "true blue" friend to all.....

Ed Curator Kimber Dooley
City of Monroe

July 20, 2016

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