Patrolman Charles H. Shaw

Patrolman Charles H. Shaw

Nassau County Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, September 6, 1940

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Charles H. Shaw

Patrolman Shaw was shot and killed while he and his partner investigated a suspicious vehicle parked on Railroad Avenue in Woodmere.

At 3:35 am, Patrolman Shaw and his partner were on patrol of an isolated area of Woodmere when they observed a car parked on the roadway, stopped with all of its lights off. The officers saw a male seated on the right side of the front seat, with nobody in the driver's side. When the officers approached the parked car, suddenly a 12 gauge shotgun blast from inside the car hit Patrolman Shaw in the face and chest. Patrolman Shaw fell to the ground, mortally wounded. His partner fired several shots at the vehicle's occupant as the man fled into the nearby woods on foot.

Investigation showed that the male had stolen the car a short distance away. The car stalled and the male was attempting to restart it when the officers stopped to investigate the situation. In spite of a massive investigation, the subject was never identified or captured.

Patrolman Shaw had served with the Nassau County Police Department for three years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 442

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Case never solved

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Your assailant may have never been caught and brought to justice but he/she surely faced a higher justice at a later time. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 6, 2020

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