Sergeant Charles Lendy Freeman

Sergeant Charles Lendy Freeman

Aiken County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1990

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Charles Lendy Freeman

Sergeant Charles Freeman suffered a fatal heart attack after he was attacked and kicked in the chest while attempting to subdue a suspect. He had gone into cardiac arrest shortly after being kicked. Four days later he suffered a second, fatal heart attack.

The suspect was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and resisting arrest. He was paroled after serving only three years in prison.

Sergeant Freeman had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife, five children, and 12 grandchildren.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 3, 1990
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Paroled after 3 years

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Although Sgt. Freeman has been gone for over 30 years there is not a week that goes by that I do not fondly think of him. I was one of the first Reserve Deputies with Aiken Co. in the mid to late 80's. I quickly learned who to, and who not to ride with as some of the Deputies were against the Reserve program. But I will never forget how Sgt. Charlie Freeman not only made me feel welcomed, but also took me under his wing and taught me so much about the law, and proper procedures about being a new Deputy.

I will never forget one dangerous situation we came upon around 3:00 AM where our weapons had to be drawn. This was the first time I had encountered a situation such as this and I was nervous, but thanks to all of Sgt. Freeman's lessons that I had learned everything turned out well, and we both went home safe that morning.

Later in 1990 when I learned of the tragic event which caused Sgt Freeman's death, I honestly felt as though I had lost my own Father. Because that is how I had begun to think of him during the 2 years I was with Aiken Co. Later when I learned that the scum who caused his death was released after ONLY serving 3 years, I felt a sense of rage inside! I honestly wanted to find out who he was and tear his head off! What a wonderful criminal justice system we have in this country! But I knew this was not the answer, and certainly not what Sgt. Freeman would have taught me.

It's been over 30 years and I'm in my 60's now, but anytime I'm in the area I always go by and visit Sgt. Freeman's resting place. I still think of this gentleman fondly and will never forget him and all he taught me during my time as a Reserve Deputy.

Joey West

March 19, 2022

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