Police Officer Charles Patman

Police Officer Charles Patman

Denison Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, May 2, 1875

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Charles Patman

Police Officer Charles Patman was shot and killed while he and his partner searched a man suspected of having a concealed weapon. During the search a second man approached them and fatally shot Officer Patman in the face and wounded his partner.

Both suspects fled the scene but were later apprehended. The man who shot the officers had recently been acquitted of murdering to men in Hearn, Texas, and was a notorious outlaw. He was charged with murder and attempted murder but the charges were dismissed in 1879 when the key witness in the case disappeared.

Officer Patman was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Apprehended

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Rest in Peace Police Officer Charles Patman. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Denison, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the carcass of the scum bag that murdered you. May they do so as his eternal soul is scorched by the flames of hell.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

May 4, 2016

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