Special Officer Charles Sherman Patterson

Special Officer Charles Sherman Patterson

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, August 29, 1921

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Charles Sherman Patterson

Special Officer Charles Patterson suffered a fatal gunshot wound in Ash Fork, Arizona, when his service weapon fell from its holster and discharged.

He was chasing a hobo when the accident occurred. He died from his wound the following day after being taken to a hospital in Prescott.

Officer Patterson had served in law enforcement for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Location Arizona
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 28, 1921

accidental discharge

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Officer Patterson,
Even though it’s been over 100 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer. I am a Border Patrol Agent in the El Paso, TX area and there is a BNSF railyard in our Station’s AOR. Everytime that I’ve come into contast with a BNSF Police Officer they’ve always been very professional and helpful.


United States Border Patrol

October 12, 2021

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