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Patrolman Charles A. Holt | Springfield Police Department, Ohio Springfield Police Department, Ohio


Charles A. Holt

Springfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, June 30, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 16

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/29/1932

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Both pardoned

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Patrolman Holt was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to question a man they saw run from an alley and jump into a car. They were able to stop the vehicle on North Western Street and as Patrolman Holt opened the car's door he was struck on the head and knocked down. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking Patrolman Holt twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

The suspects and Patrolman Holt's partner then traded shots and the partner was wounded several times. Both patrolmen were taken to City Hospital where Patrolman Holt died early the next morning.

Investigation revealed that the men had been involved in a robbery two months earlier in which Patrolman James McCracken, of the Muncie, Indiana, Police Department, was shot and killed.

Three suspects were arrested in Illinois within a few days. Two of them were sentenced to life in prison but both were pardoned; one in 1945 and the other in 1959.

Patrolman Holt had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter. He was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery.

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