Mounted Patrolman Carl G. "Charles" Peterson

Mounted Patrolman Carl G. "Charles" Peterson

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, May 23, 1908

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Carl G. "Charles" Peterson

Mounted Patrolman Charles Peterson was shot and killed while responding to a fire call at 2161 Queen City Avenue in Cincinnati.

An emotionally disturbed man had set fire to an apartment in an attempt to kill himself and then armed himself with a shotgun. A bystander had rushed into the apartment building in an attempt to render aid when he was shot by the subject.

Patrolman Peterson arrived at the scene at approximately 1:40 pm and, despite being warned the subject was armed and had already killed the citizen, attempted to enter the building to arrest the man. The subject fatally shot him as he reached the top of the stairs.

Patrolman Peterson was a United States Navy Spanish-American War veteran who had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

ambush, edp, fatal funnel

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Mounted Patrolman Charles G. Peterson of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 75 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 23, 2023

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