Police Captain Charles H. Stites

Police Captain Charles H. Stites

Vicksburg Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Sunday, November 5, 1916

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Charles H. Stites

Captain Stites was shot and killed when he interrupted three men burglarizing a store in the downtown area of Vicksburg. He had been alerted to the burglary by the sound of breaking glass.

All three men were apprehended and convicted of Captain Stites' murder. One was sentenced to death and the other two were sentenced to life in prison. On July 3, 1917, one of the suspects, who was sentenced to life, told officials that he was the one who fired the fatal shot. The other suspect's death sentence was then commuted to life. On January 14, 1918, the suspect who confessed escaped from the state prison farm in Rankin County. He was captured on July 28, 1924, in Montesano, Washington.

Captain Stites had served with the Vicksburg Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his three sisters.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace Captain Stites.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 9, 2022

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