Patrolman Charles E. Attig, Jr.

Patrolman Charles E. Attig, Jr.

Shamokin Dam Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 10, 1983

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Charles E. Attig, Jr.

Patrolman Charlie Attig was shot and killed by a subject who was seeking revenge for being issued a speeding ticket earlier in the night.

The suspect had received the ticket from the chief of police and returned to the area with a rifle in search of the chief. The suspect then located Patrolman Attig, who was issuing a littering citation to a motorist on North Old Trail. The suspect opened fire, striking Patrolman three times. The suspect was apprehended and stated he thought Patrolman Attig was the chief.

The 31-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole. In 2021 he was in Phoenix Prison.

Patrolman Attig was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Shamokin Dam Borough Police Department for three years. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alcohol violation, ambush, retaliation

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Today is the 40th anniversary of when I was Ordained a Deacon in The United Methodist Church; and even though much has changed for me personally and professionally during the intervening decades I can still vividly recall all the tribute signs along "the strip" from Hummels Wharf to Northumberland.

The ministry of a Deacon--"diaconos" in Greek--is to serve. "To protect and serve" is a motto which we in law enforcement aspire to live by. And for some, diaconos is fulfilled in offering a last full measure of devotion.

May his Memory be Eternal!

Chaplain (Retired) Tom Shelley
Pennsylvania State Police

June 16, 2023

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