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 Attig was shot and killed by a suspect 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 at the time. 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 survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I ran with Charlie on the Seals X-Country team. I believe that I recall at some time, and possibly the newspaper, the movie title of "An Officer and a Gentleman" itself used to describe Charlie. That was so appropriate. "He was the best of us ..." also works well in his case. Charlie was a wonderful person senselessly cut down way too early in life. To his family, I want you to know that we still remember Charlie and sometimes at the most random of moments.

Jim Benner
Former Teammate

June 30, 2021

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