Detective Charles J. Cameron

Detective Charles J. Cameron

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1904

Charles J. Cameron

Detective Charles Cameron was shot and killed by another Patrolman who mistook him for an offender.

Detective Cameron was at a park in Corona, Queens working a plainclothes detail at a picnic that included a live orchestra. As the orchestra went on a break, several members in the crowd became irate and began fighting with the members of the orchestra. Detective Cameron moved into the crown and identified himself as a Detective. Several members of the crowd attacked attached Detective Cameron. Detective Cameron drew his revolver and fired two rounds, striking one of his attackers. The shots did not deter the crown, and they continued to attack Detective Cameron, who was able to escape and and crawl under the dance platform.

A uniform Patrolman arrived at the scene and was told a gunman was hiding under the stage. Unaware that the person under the stage was a fellow member of the Department, the Patrolman crawled under the stage and in the darkness ordered Detective Cameron to come out. After receiving no answer, the Patrolman fired one round, killing Detective Cameron. It is believed that Detective Cameron did not hear the commands due to his injuries from the attack and the noise from the people fighting.

Detective Cameron served with the New York City Police Department for 16 years. He was assigned to the 114th Precinct.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

mistaken identity

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A truly tragic event. Detective, we can only hope that the offenders who so viciously beat you in such a cowardly manner, faced true justice for their actions, if not in this world, then in the next.

As for the Officer who shot you, his actions were in keeping with the times, though now, under such circumstances would not be tolerated. He no doubt suffered as well and I pray for that unnamed man as well.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 26, 2017

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