Police Officer Charles Simms

Police Officer Charles Simms

Xenia Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, July 10, 1925

Charles Simms

Officer Charles Simms was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to serve a warrant on for vandalism.

On Friday, July 10, 1925, Officer Simms went to a residence to arrest a suspect on a warrant for failing to pay a board bill. The man resisted arrest and ran from the house, turning and firing on the officer. All four rounds fired struck Officer Simms, with one round piercing his heart. The suspect escaped from the scene, but was found at approximately 3:15 a.m. the next morning hiding in the water of the Little Miami River. Members of the Ohio National Guard fired 40-50 rounds into the water from two machine guns that they carried with them, but the suspect still remained hidden in the water. Several hours later, the suspect came up in front of two members of the search team, and was taken into custody. The suspect was charged and convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Simms was survived by his wife and is buried in the Cherry Grove Cemetery, Green County, Ohio.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 87th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

July 10, 2012

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