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 19-year-old, member of the citizen's crime watch, 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, 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 July 1, 2024.

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

Bio

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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 15, 2021

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