Police Officer Charles E. McDougald

Police Officer Charles E. McDougald

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, April 9, 1997

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Charles E. McDougald

Officer Charles McDougald and another officer were shot at approximately 0045 hours after approaching a suspicious person who may have been stripping a car.

As the officers approached, the suspect turned and fired at them. Officer McDougald was struck in the chest and died a short time later at the hospital. He was not wearing a vest at the time of the shooting.

The 18 year-old suspect, who had a previous history of violent crimes, was found guilty of murder of a police officer and attempted murder of a police officer and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Officer McDougald had served with the Buffalo Police Department for 8 years and was assigned to Precinct 12. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 2778

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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A few weeks after Skip was killed, I was in a fight for my life. On a violent domestic call, my holster became unbuckled while in a very violent physical altercation with the suspect. I fought for my weapon that night and won. Taking the suspect into custody and avoiding a tragedy. All that kept going through my mind is " I will not let my wife become a widow ". It took a while but the bpd eventually furnished officers with safety holsters. I was told by the suspect's girlfriend that the suspect was gonna kill a cop that night if she called 911. What I'm trying to say is, there are those in this world who don't care about taking a life.When that mindset is aimed toward a cop, everyone is in danger. Skip did what we all did.Put on our uniform and badge and did the job to the best of our ability. We always have to keep the tactical edge. Unfortunately, even that will not be enough in some scenarios. As in Skip's. We learned this on April 9, 1997. You are never forgotten Skip.

Buffalo NY PD

December 30, 2018

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