Police Officer Charles E. Porteus

Police Officer Charles E. Porteus

Princess Anne County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 16, 1952

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Charles E. Porteus

Police Officer Charles Porteus was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver during a traffic stop at Atlantic Avenue and 81st Street.

During the stop a U.S. Navy private struck both him and the violator, killing both. The man fled the scene but was pursued, captured, and returned to the scene by a U.S. Navy Major. The suspect was charged with involuntary homicide by the military police and charged with hit-and-run and manslaughter by the local police.

Officer Porteus was a WWII hero who received three Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. He went from the rank of private to sergeant in his machine gun platoon. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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Delaware State Police

June 16, 2020

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