Officer Charles Lee Eustes

Officer Charles Lee Eustes

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, September 24, 1967

Charles Lee Eustes

Officer Charles Eustes was shot and killed with his own weapon when he responded to a domestic disturbance on Seventh Avenue South.

When he arrived at the scene he heard a woman moaning inside of the house. He attempted to enter the house to check on her well-being but his path was blocked by a male subject. A struggle ensued and the man obtained control of Officer Eustes' service weapon before shooting him.

The man was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On February 21st, 1969, the Florida Appeals Court reduced his conviction to second degree murder and ordered that he be re-sentenced.

Officer Eustes had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted


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Your love of life, bravery and dedication to help all -especially youth will never be forgotten. I know you are at peace.

Jane Eustes Schwartz
Wife of Officer Charles Eustes

October 2, 2012

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