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Deputy Sheriff Charles Edwards | Gila County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Gila County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Edwards

Gila County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, January 10, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Deputy Edwards was killed in an ambush.

Deputy Edwards was returning to his home in the Tonto Creek area from Roosevelt where he had just testified in a trial. About twelve miles north of Roosevelt, Edwards was ambushed. Shots were fired from a concealed spot, hitting him in the breast, arm, and side. Another shot was fired into his left eye at close range.

During the investigation, a rancher and his two sons were arrested. Bad blood existed between the deputy and the family because he had previously arrested the sons. Charges were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Deputy Edwards was survived by his wife, Fannie.

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I am sorry and have thought of Deputy Edwards and Deputy Woods today. This is, as I work for the Gila County Sheriff's Office and in the same area, which they have lost their life's on this date many years ago.

I bless your souls and your family's to ease the pain they have had and have each day.

If I don't make it home today I know my brother will be waiting for me at the gates of heaven. if I make it home I hope I have fulfilled the large shoes you have both left behind and make you proud.

Love you brothers.

Patrol Deputy Roosevelt Lake, Az
Gila County Sheriff's Office
January 10, 2017

 

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