Detective Charles Burrell

Detective Charles Burrell

Galveston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 30, 1914

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Charles Burrell

Detective Charles Burrell was in a restaurant at the corner of 28th and Church Street when two men approached from behind him.

One of the men shot Detective Burrell in the neck, the bullet ranging upward through his jaw and lodging in his head. Both men were quickly captured and the weapon was recovered. Detective Burrell was taken to a local hospital where he was able to identify one of his assailants.

The investigation into the shooting revealed that Detective Burrell, an African American, had been working to wipe out cocaine dealing in the segregated areas of Galveston. He had arrested his two assailants, both Caucasian males, several times in the recent past for drug dealing.

Detective Burrell died from his wounds one week later, on July 30th, 1914.

Detective Burrell was survived by his wife, sister, and two brothers. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 23, 1914
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

ambush, retaliation

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your memory and sacrifice by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 30, 2020

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