Patrolman Charles Printz

Patrolman Charles Printz

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, June 1, 1879

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Charles Printz

Patrolman Printz was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in an alley. The suspect had repeatedly harassed and threatened his sisters, who got a larger portion of inheritance then he did. During one of the episodes of harassment Patrolman Printz was called to the scene. While there the suspect pulled a gun and shot Patrolman Printz in the chest. The man then fled and was never apprehended.
Patrolman Printz was a veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War. He had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Patrolman Printz,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the Union Army during the Civil War.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 1, 2019

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