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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It is time once again to let the parole board know that we do not approve of the parole of Russell Bell and Wayne Reed. I once again will write my letter in hopes that justice will be served and they will remain in prison. I still think of you often remembering your smile. RIP Chuck. You have not been forgotten.

Dr. Cherie O'Shea-Durst

April 4, 2019

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