Police Officer Charles E. Ball

Police Officer Charles E. Ball

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, November 10, 1923

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Charles E. Ball

Police Officer Charles Ball was shot and killed at the train station while attempting to arrest a railroad employee who had threatened a woman.

The subject who shot him was apprehended two months later. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Officer Ball was survived by his wife, eight children, and his mother.

Two of Officer Ball's family members were also slain in the line of duty in separate incidents. His brother-in-law, Patrolman Lon Castle, was shot and killed on May 9th, 1925, while serving with the Ashland, Kentucky, Police Department. His brother, Prohibition Officer George Ball, was shot and killed in the line on June 20th, 1915, while serving with the West Virginia Department of Prohibition.

He is buried in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington Cabel County, West Virginia.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

arrest attempt

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Officer Ball,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Huntington.


United States Border Patrol

November 10, 2023

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