Officer Charles J. Russell

Officer Charles J. Russell

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 30, 1906

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Charles J. Russell

Officer Charles Russell and Officer Edward Petticord were shot near 24th Street and Indianapolis Avenue after the officers stopped two men for questioning. Both officers were rushed to a local hospital where Officer Russell died a short time later and Officer Petticord succumbed to his wounds two days later.

One of the suspects was apprehended the next day and subsequently convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On February 8, 1907, he was the last person to be executed by hanging in the state before the method was replaced by electrocution. The second suspect was shot and killed on August 25, 1908, during a shootout with the sheriff and deputies of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department in Kentucky.

Officer Russell had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One executed, one shot and killed

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He will always be remembered, his son Charles Russell was my grandfather, and retired from IMPD, and his two sons my uncle (Charles Russell and my Father Griffin Russell were IMPD, and now my nephew Mark Russell is a deputy sheriff in So. Dakota. So far 4 generations and going strong

Sandy Russell Schroeder
great granddaughter

January 20, 2021

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