Patrolman Charles E. Attig, Jr.

Patrolman Charles E. Attig, Jr.

Shamokin Dam Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, June 10, 1983

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 sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Attig was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Today is the 35th anniversary of my Ordination to the Diaconate in The United Methodist Church, and I can remember as though it were yesterday traveling "the strip" along US 11 & 15, seeing all the flags at half mast and the tribute signs at every business along that highway....then later kneeling before a cross fashioned from straw realizing that the first Deacon of the New Testament, Stephen, had given his life for the faith just as Officer Attig had given his life for the people of Shamokin Dam--and wondering (and still wondering) if I would prove so faithful if put to such an ultimate test.

Chaplain J. Thomas Shelley
Penn Township Police (York Co, PA)

June 16, 2018

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