Special Officer Charles Hale

Special Officer Charles Hale

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, October 7, 1874

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Charles Hale

Special Officer Charles Hale was shot and killed in Hutchinson, Kansas, while attempting to arrest a man who was stealing coal from a railcar.

The man opened fire on Officer Hale with a pistol, fatally wounding him.

The subject was arrested but later released on a writ of habeas corpus.

Officer Hale was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released

larceny, trespasser

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Rest in peace and know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 7, 2020

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