Policeman Charlie W. Howard

Policeman Charlie W. Howard

Corbin Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, June 30, 1933

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Charlie W. Howard

Policeman Charlie Howard was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance at a local restaurant. He and two other officers entered the restaurant and Policeman Howard sat down across from one of the persons involved which he had told to go home earlier because he was drunk. As he began speaking to him, he fired a pistol underneath the table and struck Policeman Howard in the left leg, severing a large artery. One of the officers immediately struck the suspect with his night stick and took him into custody. Policeman Howard bled to death within a few minutes.

The 43-year-old shooter and his 28-year-old son-in-law, sitting at the table with him, were charged with murder. Policeman Howard had recently escaped death when a bullet struck his badge and glanced off.

Policeman Howard had been with the Corbin Police Department for 11 years and had served in the US Army. He was survived by his wife and young son, his parents and seven siblings. He is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Kentucky.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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