Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall

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Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, July 15, 1978

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Charles D. Burdsall

Police Officer Charles Burdsall was shot and killed when he stopped a car he suspected of being involved in an armed robbery at a convenience store minutes earlier.

As he approached the vehicle on West McMicken Avenue, he was shot. A 19-year-old member of the citizen's crime watch, who was riding with him, exited the cruiser, retrieved his gun, and fired several rounds, hitting the car, which helped identify the two suspects when they were apprehended. The youth, the son of a Cincinnati police officer, was shot in the back but not seriously wounded.

One of the suspects was sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life. The other suspect was sentenced to life. Both suspects have been denied parole twice. Their next parole hearings will be on May 2024.

Officer Burdsall was a United States Army Vietnam veteran and had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for 5-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, his parents, three brothers, and a sister. One of his brothers also served with the Cincinnati Police Division.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge P087
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, suspicious vehicle

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April 5, 2024. In Honor of Charles Burdsall Family, Friends, & Police Family. Wayne Reed & Russell Bell are scheduled for a hearing with the Parole Board in May 2024. Mr. Burdsall life had value, meaning, and purpose. Charles life was taken in a senseless and selfish manner and I feel that it be only fair and importantly respectful to Charles Burdsall legacy that the offenders should NOT be granted to experience a life in society again. I feel the ONLY way the offenders will truly understand and feel the seriousness of taken a life of a Police Officer should serve out the duration of their life sentence. May the Lord will continue to shine. Rest in peace.

Sister in Christ.
April 5, 2024

April 5, 2024

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