Patrolman Charles L. Godfrey

Patrolman Charles L. Godfrey

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, May 12, 1925

Charles L. Godfrey

Patrolman Charles Godfrey was shot and killed during an arrest while assigned to the 16th Precinct.

A reserve officer and his wife were attacked and called for help as Patrolman Godfrey was passing through the vicinity. Patrolman Godfrey took immediate action to apprehend suspects and, while in pursuit of the them, was killed by friendly fire.

Patrolman Godfrey had served with the New York City Police Department for one year and had previously served with the U.S. Postal Service and with the United States Army during WWI. He he was survived by his wife and three children.

He is buried in Cypress Hill Cemetery in the Police Arlington Gardens, Brooklyn, New York.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge 11688
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

friendly fire

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Wish thing were different back then, (like) ask questions first, shoot as a last resort. You should never assume, be 100% sure, my grandmother struggled to raise his children as a result of losing him. RIP

Charles Squire

April 11, 2016

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