Detective Charles J. Cameron

Detective Charles J. Cameron

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1904

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Charles J. Cameron

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

Detective Cameron was at Seurer's Grove 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 crowd 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 crowd, and they continued to attack Detective Cameron, who was able to escape and crawl under the dance platform.

A uniformed 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. Detective Cameron was survived by his wife and four children. This is the only known police photo of him.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 114th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

July 17, 2018

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