Officer Oscar W. Christensen

Officer Oscar W. Christensen

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, May 11, 1897

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Oscar W. Christensen

Officer Oscar Christensen was accidentally shot and killed by a railroad detective along the tracks of the Lake Shore railroad between Michigan and St. Joseph Streets.

Officer Christensen was investigating vandalism in the railroad yards at the time. There had been reports of many hobos in the yards, and it was presumed that one of them was responsible for the killing. Several hours after the killing, a railroad detective was arrested for his murder but claimed it was a mistake. The detective was charged with his murder, but all charges were dropped after two mistrials.

Officer Christensen had served with the South Bend Police Department for two years and had previously served as a guard with the Michigan City penitentiary for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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Rest in peace Officer Christensen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 25, 2020

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