Patrolman Harry Charlton, III

Patrolman Harry Charlton, III

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, June 25, 1971

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Harry Charlton, III

Patrolman Harry Charlton was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at Ninth Street and Commerce Road.

During the stop, the driver suddenly produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Charlton in the chest. The suspect was later arrested and convicted of murder. Prior to the murder he had boasted to friends that he was going to murder a police officer.

The suspect was released prison in 2005 due to a terminal illness and died several weeks later.

Patrolman Charlton had been employed with the Richmond Police Department for 9 years. He was survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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I will always remember how knowledgeable you were about the Virginia motor vehicle code. You could cite sections and their section number from memory. It earned you the nickname “Trooper “. Some officers would call you on the radio to get advice on a particular section . You never faltered. Rest In Peace Brother.

Detective Sergeant Ret. Robert Walker
Richmond Police Department

June 25, 2019

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