Patrolman Charles M. Ross

Patrolman Charles M. Ross

Richmond Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 9, 1964

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Charles M. Ross

Patrolman Charles Ross was shot to death with his own service weapon during a scuffle with two 19-year-old youths he was attempting to arrest for public drunkenness on Bissell Avenue and 9th Street in Richmond.

Both suspects were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 5 years to life on July 23, 1964.

Patrolman Ross was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Richmond Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, son, infant daughter, parents, three bothers, and a sister. One of his brothers served with the Los Angeles Police Department.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years to life

alcohol violation, arrest attempt

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Patrolman Ross,
On today, the 60th 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 USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi DevilDog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 9, 2024

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