Special Officer Charles Eckert

Special Officer Charles Eckert

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Thursday, January 10, 1918

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Charles Eckert

Special Officer Charles Eckert succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained four days earlier when he was shot in the Louisville and Nashville Railroad yards in East St. Louis, Illinois.

He was shot after stopping two men who were stealing coal from the railroad yards. The subject who shot him fled the scene. He was arrested in Trenton, Kentucky, by another railroad detective following an intensive eight month investigation spanning several states. The 37-year-old man was convicted of Special Officer Eckert's murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was released on February 20, 1953.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Incident Date Sunday, January 6, 1918
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released in 1953

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Officer Eckert, today marks the 104th anniversary of your passing due to the actions of a murderer. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten, and never will be. You are now and always will be a hero, Brother.

God Bless and may your eternal rest forever be peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

January 10, 2022

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