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Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell | Elmira Police Department, New York Elmira Police Department, New York

Detective Sergeant

Charles Gradwell

Elmira Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 23, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 28 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: One apprehended

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Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell and Chief John Finnell were shot and killed while attempting to question two burglary suspects in a rooming house on Baldwin Street. The two men they went to question were suspected in a string of recent burglaries. Both officers were shot in the room where the men were staying.

Both suspects fled the scene. One was apprehended a short time later but the other was never apprehended.

Detective Sergeant Gradwell had been with the agency for 28 years.

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Chief of Police John J. Finnell
Elmira Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 23, 1915
Cause: Gunfire

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Charles Gradwell was my uncle. My Dad was born in Elmira in 1918. He would speak to me and my sisters about him often. RIP. Thank you for keeping Elmira safe. Dad said he was very popular

Kathleen Gradwell
Neice
December 28, 2015

 

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