Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall

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 he was shot. A police cadet riding with him exited the cruiser, retrieved his gun, and fired several rounds at the car which helped identify the two suspects when they were apprehended.

One of the suspects was sentenced to death but had the sentence commuted to life. The other suspect was sentenced to life. One suspect was denied parole in September 2003 and again in August 2014. Both have their next parole hearing in May, 2019.

Officer Burdsall had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for 5-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Denied parole in 2014

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On behalf of Officer Charles D. Burdsall, Wife, Children, (Police Officers,) Relatives, and Friends. I Extend My Condolences. I've read all the comments about Officer Charles D. Burdsall and was able to see that he was a good man with a good heart and loved by many.
I'm sorry that he paid the ultimate sacrifice losing his life on July 15, 1978. But know that his spirit will forever live on. This was a high profile case on Russell Bell and his co-defendant Wayne Reed. Reed was the one that was given the death penalty that was later commuted. Either way they both have been held accountable. Over the decades of them being incarcerate I hope that they are remorseful and understand that death is final something that can't be given back and taking an Officer of the law life is the ultimate price and punishment given. I know that if anyone asked God for forgiveness in Jesus name he will forgive you for your sins. I also know and understand that the Lord does make us accountable for our sins / actions. So I say to everyone that read this reflection is to forgive them both whole hearty as the Lord will want and trust in the Lord and allow God to do his will. I understand that Russell Bell and Wayne Reed, next hearing is schedule for May 2019. Trust In The Lord!!!

Sister in Christ!

October 17, 2018

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