Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell

Detective Sergeant Charles Gradwell

Elmira Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, March 23, 1915

Charles Gradwell

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender One apprehended

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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

December 28, 2015

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