Officer Harry Lankford Charlton

Officer Harry Lankford Charlton

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 24, 1920

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Harry Lankford Charlton

Officer Harry Charlton succumbed to injuries received six months earlier while assisting another officer in making an arrest. The other officer was attempting to place a drunken woman he had arrested in a patrol wagon when the woman kicked Officer Charlton in the groin as he attempted to assist. A large bruise developed causing blood poisoning which resulted in his death. Officer Charlton was in a hospital four months.

Officer Charlton was survived by his wife, a son age 2, and a daughter also 2.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 24, 1920
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

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On this 100th anniversary of your untimely departure we say rest in peace and always know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

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