Policeman Charles Emerson Bogardus

Policeman Charles Emerson Bogardus

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1959

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 am surprised that no one mentioned that Officer Bogardus received the Medal of Valor, so I will. I had just finished watching a Dragnet 1970 episode and wanted to read about the event it was based upon. The details were GREATLY changed; not "just the names." I am not nor have ever been a police officer but I hope this info benefits some one.

Jim Wilkinson

April 26, 2013

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