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Detective Sergeant Charles P. Monaghan | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Detective Sergeant

Charles P. Monaghan

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, February 1, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 6078

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Detective Sergeant Charles Monaghan and Detective Robert Endler were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a forgery suspect.

Another officer was tasked to go next-door to the Sears Department Store and pick up the suspect. He asked the detectives to help him. The suspect had not been searched or handcuffed by the store security personnel. As the three officers approached, he called out, "Oh, here they are, are you the police?" Someone replied they were and he drew a revolver and fired five rounds at the trio of officers, killing Detectives Endler and Monaghan. The other officer was wounded, but returned fire.

The suspect escaped the police dragnet that night, but was captured later. He then escaped from prison and fled to Mexico. He was later returned to the U.S. and was sentenced to prison where he eventually died in 1996.

Officer Monaghan was survived by his wife and four children.

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Detective Robert M. Endler
Los Angeles Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, February 1, 1964
Cause: Gunfire

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Mary Ellen Monaghan, Charles' eldest daughter, moved to Canada and became my best friend. I'll never forget the photo of her father on the mantel. He had four wonderful children, and his wife never got over his loss. I'm now living in Los Angeles, having married an American, and I deeply appreciated these reflections. Police officers have a special place in my heart. Mary's friendship was one of the greatest gifts in my life.

Terri Estes
May 11, 2016

 

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