Patrolman Charles J. Collins

Patrolman Charles J. Collins

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, May 20, 1942

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Charles J. Collins

Patrolman Charles Collins was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had pulled a gun on another officer and carjacked a vehicle.

Patrolman Collins and other officers went to a house, in Byfield, where the man fled, and as they entered the home, Patrolman Collins was shot and killed. The suspect was shot and killed by another Trooper.

Patrolman Collins had been with the Massachusetts State Police for eight years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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On the 80th anniversary of your passing, the men and women of the Newbury Police Department remember your sacrifice and honor your service.

The village of Byfield falls within the jurisdiction of the Newbury Police Department, and Newbury Chief of Police Leroy Eaton was there on that fateful day.

Sergeant Jenkins
Newbury Police Department

May 20, 2022

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