Policeman Charles Emerson Bogardus

Policeman Charles Emerson Bogardus

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1959

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Charles Emerson Bogardus

Policeman Charles Bogardus was shot and killed by a robbery suspect. He and his partner had spotted an armed robbery in-progress at a supermarket at Washington and Hoover. The two suspects spotted the officers and ran upstairs into an office. The officers entered the store and took cover. Policeman Bogardus yelled, 'cover me,' and ran up the stairs toward the office. When he reached the top of the stairs, he kicked in the door and entered the office. A scuffle ensued in the office. Then Policeman Bogardus ran out, without his gun, and headed back down the stairs. One of the suspects stood in the doorway and shot Policeman Bogardus as he ran down the stairs. Even though the hold-up men were armed with their own guns, they had taken the officer's. Responding officers killed both the suspects in the shootout that followed.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 3860

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by other officers

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I recently discovered this website containing the details of the passing of Officer Charles Bogardus. Mildred, his wife, was my grandmother. She had divorced my grandfather in Tennessee and married Charles after her return to California. My Father was John Burley Edens (Charles' step-son) and he inherited a few of Charles' personal items after her passing. And now I've inherited those items after my father's passing in 2006. Included in those items are a pearl handled Smith and Wesson pistol and his Medal of Valor plaque. I had heard the tale of that fateful night from my father, but some of the details shared by those who've posted here are somewhat different than I remember. I'm grateful that I now have the full story shared by those who were there and those that knew him best. I will cherish those personal items from Bogey now more than ever. To each of you, I am sincerely grateful for the time you took to share his story.

John H Edens

June 1, 2018

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