Patrolman Charles Ray Buckley, Jr.

Patrolman Charles Ray Buckley, Jr.

Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Sunday, March 14, 1965

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Charles Ray Buckley, Jr.

Patrolman Charles Buckley was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance.

As the officers spoke with the female subject, the male subject ran from the house with their child and fled in a vehicle.

Patrolman Buckley and his partner pursued the suspect through Jackson at speeds reaching 100 mph. The suspect suddenly stopped at the 3300 Block of Holmes Street, and as the patrolmen exited their car, the man opened fire with a .20 gauge shotgun. The blast struck Patrolman Buckley in the head, causing a fatal wound. Patrolman Buckley's partner shot and killed the suspect as the man reloaded his weapon.

Patrolman Buckley had served with the Jackson Police Department for only 8 months. He was survived by his expectant wife, parents, and grandmother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, vehicle pursuit

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Charles was my grandfather who I never got to meet. He also never got to meet his son (my father). I deeply respect his willingness to sacrifice his life at such a young age. His life and contribution to society has not been forgotten. Thank you grandpa.

Trey Buckley

July 18, 2023

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