Patrolman Charles Patnaude

Patrolman Charles Patnaude

Pawtucket Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, September 30, 1952

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Charles Patnaude

Patrolman Charles Patnaude was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery suspect. The suspect had robbed an East Providence bank and fled to a home on Sherman Street in Pawtucket where he took three hostages. As Patrolman Patnaude exited his patrol wagon the suspect opened fire with a .30-.30 rifle, striking him. He was transported to Pawtucket Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds an hour later.

The suspect, an escaped mental patient, was arrested and committed in a mental institution.

In a chilling coincidence, Patrolman Patnaude was shot near the house in which he was born and died on the lawn of the house in which he grew up in.

Patrolman Patnaude had been with the agency for over 25 years and had planned to retire in December. He was survived by his son.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 19

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Committed

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 61rst anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 13, 2013

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