Patrol Officer Charles J. Bokinskie

Patrol Officer Charles J. Bokinskie

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, April 24, 1974

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Charles J. Bokinskie

Patrol Officer Charles Bokinskie and Patrol Officer Louis Dixon were shot and killed while attempting to stop a truck loaded with marijuana six miles south of Parker Lake Canyon, Arizona.

During the ensuing pursuit, the suspect opened fire on the officers. Both officers returned fire, wounding the suspect.

The suspect vehicle suddenly stopped causing Officer Dixon to apply the brakes. The patrol vehicle slid next to the suspect's vehicle and came to a stop. The suspect opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Bokinskie in the patrol car, causing him to drop his shotgun out of the window.

The suspect picked up the shotgun and continued to exchange shots with Officer Dixon, fatally wounding him. The suspect was also shot several times and died a short time later after crashing his vehicle into a ravine while attempting to flee the scene.

Officer Bokinskie had previously served with the Federal Air Marshal Service. He was survived by his fiancee.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

narcotics, vehicle pursuit

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I believe that Charles Bokinskie was a member of my squad of Military Police at Site Pluto, 69th Ordinance Company, Longare, Italy (1966 to 1968). I 'Googled his name and found this link. Sorry for this officer's loss. If he is the same "Chuck" Bokinskie who was on my squad I remember him as a good soldier with whom we all experienced good times and camaraderie together. We were physical security guards together at the Site.

Robert A. Stoll, Jr.
SGT, U.S.Army MP Corps 1966-1969

October 4, 2020

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