Policeman Charles Miller

Policeman Charles Miller

Salem Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, April 8, 1908

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Charles Miller

Policeman Charles Miller was shot and killed at the Pennsylvania Railroad depot while arresting a burglary suspect.

He and another officer had gone to the train station to arrest the man, who was part of a gang of four burglars. Policeman Miller located the man in one of the passenger cars and placed him under arrest. As the disembarked from the train the subject suddenly pulled a pistol from his pocket, swung around, and shot Policeman Miller twice in the chest at point blank range.

The other officer, who was on the other side of the train, was unable to assist Policeman Miller as the subject fled on foot. The shooter was never identified.

Policeman Miller had served with the Salem Police Department for approximately three years. He was survived by his wife, whom he married only two weeks earlier.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never identified

arrest attempt

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Policeman Charles Miller of the Salem Police Department, Ohio and the additional 57 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 8, 2024

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