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Patrolman Charles Houser | Springfield Police Department, Missouri Springfield Police Department, Missouri

Patrolman

Charles Houser

Springfield Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, January 2, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Charles Houser was shot and killed as he took position outside the farmhouse of two suspects.

Patrolman Houser had been employed with the Springfield Police Department for two years, and was survived by his wife and brother. He is buried in Forest Park Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri (the grave is unmarked).

Two brothers considered local petty burglars killed a total of seven Law Enforcement Officers. After they killed Town Marshal Mark Noe on June 2, 1929, a massive manhunt began for the suspects. The two suspects were located at the family farmhouse on January 2, 1932. They had come to town to visit their mother for the Christmas holiday. A raiding party of eleven officers was formed to arrest the two brothers. As the officers surrounded the farmhouse gunfire erupted and in the end six officers lay dead.

The suspects escaped, and fled to Texas. They were located there by Houston Police and as police moved in the two suspects committed suicide.

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Your resting place is now marked, thanks to many individuals. I heard a lot of stories from your first cousin, my grandmother, about the day that you died.

Sarah Capps Long
cousin
December 10, 2016

 

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