Chief of Police Charles Crittenden Flanary

Chief of Police Charles Crittenden Flanary

Osaka Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, August 5, 1917

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Charles Crittenden Flanary

Chief of Police Charles Flanary and Policeman Charles Barton were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was wanted for beating his wife.

The suspect had been in hiding for several days but had returned home. When Chief Flanary observed him entering his house he called out to him that he was under arrest. A struggle ensued in which the suspect was able to disarm Chief Flanary.

Policeman Barton observed the struggled and attempted to help Chief Flanary but was shot in the head. The man then fatally shot both officers before stealing their guns and fleeing. He was apprehended three days later in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Chief Flanary had only served with the department for one month. He had previously served with the St. Paul Police Department and Roda Police Department. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended


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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 31, 2013

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