Patrolman Charles A. Skeen

Patrolman Charles A. Skeen

Middletown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 1926

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Charles A. Skeen

Patrolman Charles Skeen was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a domestic incident at a home at 712 Seventeenth Avenue around 4:30 p.m.

As he stepped onto the porch, a suspect inside opened fire, striking him and almost instantly killing him.

The other officer, who had gone around to the back of the home, immediately ran to Patrolman Skeen's aid as other officers were called to the scene. One of the responding officers exchanged shots with the suspect and then chased him into a neighbor's yard, where the officer and the suspect were both shot and wounded. The suspect was then taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 29, 1926. He died there in 1964.

Patrolman Skeen had served with the Middletown Police Department for 14 months. He was survived by his wife, three children, his parents, and grandmother.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

domestic, off duty

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Charles A. Skeen of the Middletown Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 10, 2024

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