Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Charles E. McDougald

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, April 9, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles E. McDougald

Whenever I am asked if I believe in God, Heaven, etc. I always share this story.

April 9th, 1997 in the early morning hours an individual (who’s name I shall not dignify by mentioning) walked up to a marked Buffalo Police car and opened fire shooting two Officers as they sat in their car. This cold senseless act was just pure evil. It is the evil in this world we tend to forget exists.

April 9th, 1997 seems like yesterday. I remember those dark early morning hours just after the shooting. We were going house by house yard by yard. It was so dam bitter cold and the snow was blowing hard in our faces as we searched for Skip’s killer. The weather was so aweful the Sheriff’s Departments helicopter Air One couldn’t respond. Soon word came from Erie County Medical Center that Skip was gone. I remember the Lieutenant calling us all together on the street corner and giving us the heartbreaking news.

What happened next I will never forget for as long as I live. As we all huddled together to say a prayer the weather as if someone threw a switch instantly changed. The snow just stopped. The storm clouds parted and just disappeared. As the night sky changed before our eyes the stars from heaven shined so brightly they just seemed to warm our frozen faces. I will always remember the sudden warmth, calmness and peace that instantly came upon us. It was as if God was letting us know Skip was home and everything was going to be ok.

Rest In Heaven Skip -

Retired Detective Joe Martin
Buffalo Police Department

April 9, 2018

God bless you Skip. Your BPD family will never forget you. 21 years ago seems like yesterday.

Michael Bowen
Buffalo Police Department

April 9, 2018

Dear Skip.
I remember meeting you in high school and falling in love with you. You was so different from all the other boys cause you had goals and plans of someday becoming a lawyer. You inspired me to go to college and I did but time and distance separated us. I remember coming to visit you twice in Buffalo while you was still in college and then you coming to visit me in Sanford NC when I moved there. Even though we lived hundreds of miles away, each time we would visit seemed like we never parted. I still love you to this day although you have been gone for over 20 years now. My heart goes out to your family and all that love and miss you. You will always be my high school sweetheart and I will never forget you. RIP my love. I know we will meet again.

Teresa Gaines
Your ex girlfriend

August 12, 2017

Penny for your thoughts ......


April 5, 2017

My dad, my knight in shine in armor, my love, I miss you so much, I wish I could of said goodbye, tell you I love you, my sitting here crying thinking about you and your niece Jessica that is with you in paradise, I miss both of you, it's coming up to 20 years you been gone but it feel likeven yesterday, I'm 35 years old, you have 3 beautiful granddaughter from me, you would of spoiled to pieces, I miss you every day rest in peace

Officer mcdougald daughter

March 19, 2017

I miss and love you. I always think about you our family is not the same


November 10, 2016


Officer R. Harrington
NY State Dept. Corrections

April 9, 2016

Happy Birthday Skip. I have been a teacher for 12 years now.

Fmr PO Mike B.

February 25, 2016

I was in your city when this happened. I wrapped a single rose around a tree with some duck tape and left a note that I was so sorry and to thank you for protecting our neighborhood all those years. I will never forget you Officer Charles McDougald. I still have the photos from your funeral, I saved them in hopes of giving them to one of your family members one day. I have used them in different events dealing with "STOP THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE". Our community is deeply in your debt.

Jeanne Myers
Emergency Medical Technician

August 16, 2014

Officer McDougald,
Sir, even though it has been 16 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buffalo. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 9, 2013

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over them. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 9, 2013

As a student at Grover,we had many subs come in and out. Skip was different. He could relate to the youth and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS had a smile on his face. I can see him now walking into the classroom, happy to be there and us happy to see him. He was a good person. truly.
I thought about him today and his family. I pray that they are doing well and they know Skip is thought about to this day, by many. May God continue to comfort them.

Bernadette Older
Former Student

March 10, 2013

The uncle I never got to know.

US Army SSG Markus J. DeVane

October 2, 2012

Charles, "Skip" McDougald was outstanding to say the least.

Retired Buffalo Police officer
Buffalo Police Department, Friend/Platoon Family

April 21, 2012

He was a Man of Honor

Chesapeake Va Police

February 27, 2012

Even thugh i've only visited this site twice, i cry every time i'm here. It's been 13 years and i still mourn the lost of you Uncle Skip. But i do still move forward with life. Still working hard as i was taught. One day we will meet again. Until then, I love you. Stay with me.

Love always

Jessica Harper

April 21, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 9, 2010

I lived in a dangerous neighborhood that you protected. I was so sad to hear what happened to you. Thank you for all you did for us. I took lots of photos at your funeral with the intention of giving your family something to keep and cherish. I still have the photo album and I am still searching to find a family member of your's to send it to. God Bless and keep you and may your family be of comfort that you are in good hand now....


December 9, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer McDougald and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

March 26, 2009

Rest in peace skip. Gone but not forgotten...

Seregeant Chris DiToro

February 4, 2009

I was a basketball team mate of officer McDougal (Skip) at Daemen College, in Amherst. I enlisted and served in the Air Force for over 22 years and recently heard of the tragic and senseless circumstance with which a caring and thoughtful individual like skip was taken. Although he is gone to be with our savior, he will always live on because of how he positively impacted all our lives. When I remember skip, and the positive interaction between us I will always remember him as a brother and a friend. His memory will surely live on with me. To His family continue to be strong and know that his service was not in vain. To Law Enforcement, please continue with your outstanding support within your community you are truly appreciated may God bless and watch over you all.

MSgt (Retired) Leroy Brown

January 22, 2009

I was 11 years old when i had gotten the news that my uncle had been shot and killed. One of the most inspirational people in my life had been tooken from me. He was pretty much a second father to me. Helped raised me, took care of me when needed, and was always there through thick and thin. I was still kind of young at the time so I didn't truly get to know him intellectually but I knew for sure he was a very educated man. My mom and dad (his brother) always compared me to him before and after this unfortunate tragedy, so to this day I just try to follow in his footsteps and keep his legacy alive because when you're compared to a great person it's always important to carry out their legacy. I remember my mother coming to me around the time of my uncles death and asked me, would I want to see the suspect (whose name I won't mention) get sentenced to death. Although, obviously distraught about the loss of my uncle, I told her "no" because even death itself wouldn't serve justice or bring my uncle back. And I knew that deep down inside, although his life had been taken, my uncle wouldn't want me to wish death on anyone regardless the situation. Even though I don't have the last name Mc'Dougald on my birth certificate, I will always be a Mc'Dougald as long as I live. So with that being said, here I am, 22 years of age, 11 years after the tragedy, just goes to show we can forgive and never forget. Do I still hate the suspect?... Only because I'm a God fearing woman, no. I refuse to live or die with hate in my blood. Til the day of my demise and beyond, I will always remember the Late Great Charles E. "Skip" McDougald.

"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." -Julius Caesar.

R.I.P Uncle Skip
Love Always

Jessica A. Harper

December 19, 2008

I am native to the western New York area. I am also the son of retired Buffalo Police Detective(Internal Affiars Division), Alexander Montalvo Senior. I was about thirteen years old when Police Officer Mcdougald was killed in the line of duty. I remember it very clearly alomost like it was yesterday. I can't believe that it has been this long already. I would like to let the Mcdougald family know that I am very sorry Police Officer Mcdougald's life was taken. I don't know what I would have done if my father was taken from me. I also want the Mcdougald family to know that I am grateful to Police Officer Mcdougald, for serving and protecting me, my family, friends, and loved ones during his eight years of service. I no longer live in Western New York, but I have the honor and privelage of being in the feild of law Enforcement in the state of Florida. Due to the ultimate sacrifice that Police Officer Mcdougald, and so many others have made, I was able to grow up and now return the favor by serving as a Law Enforcment Officer. Even though it has been this long since Police Officer Mcdougald, was killed in the line of duty he is not forgotten. Thank you Police Officer Charles Mcdougald.

School Resource OFC. V. Montalvo
Hillsborough County Schools Public Safety

October 10, 2008

Police Officer Charles E. McDougald,

The circumstances of your death are as horrendous as any incident that I have ever become familiar with in my time as a state police officer, a city police officer in Washington's MPDC, and as a deputy sheriff in Lake County Florida's homicide unit. To be gunned down by a citizen that we have pledged ourselves to protect is an egregious act. One who would shoot a police officer is destined to be, in my eyes, flushed down the gaping maw of hell. You have brought great honor to both yourself and all law officers on the day you died serving others. You have the respect of every good law officer on the face of the planet. Your are a hero among heros and will be welcomed, I am certain, by the legion of officers who have died in the line of duty before you. You have paid your dues. Lock arms with those other heros and march toward the gates of Heaven. They will always open wide for those obeying our Creator's greatest commandment and acting as soldiers of the law. Well done, Charles,...well done.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

July 12, 2008



May 1, 2008

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