Corporal Charles William Hill

Corporal Charles William Hill

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, March 22, 1989

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Charles William Hill

Corporal Charles Hill was shot and killed after the Alexandria SWAT team was called to a hostage situation at 316 Hopkins Court.

A drug dealer from New York City had come to collect a debt. While on the scene, the suspect exited the house with a shotgun pointed at the hostages's head. A police sniper fired at the suspect and hit him in the heart. Before he died, the suspect was able to open fire, killing Corporal Hill and wounding a second officer.

The wounded officer committed suicide in 1993 after battling the stress from the incident four years earlier.

Corporal Hill had served with the Alexandria Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I was at the commonwealth attorney's office when Officer Hill was a police officer. I had the privilege of seeing many of the noble, hard working, dedicated officers serve in alexandria. Just today, July 10, 2018, I came upon the reader's digest article and newspaper clipping I saved after Officer Hill's death and then found this website. I attended his moving memorial service where one police officer told me "they really know how to honor us in death--if only everyone would honor us in life".
Thank you Ginny for allowing your husband to serve the people of Virginia. Praying almost 20 years later that the Lord has blessed you and your family (now grown children!!) with a community of believers around you to support you, pray for you and encourage you. Praying you had the financial, emotional and spiritual help you needed in the last 20 years and that it will continue into the future. Trudi Berlin Hays

Trudi Berlin Hays
former Assistant Commonwealth Attorney

July 10, 2018

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