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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Trooper Collins, it has been 81 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 20, 2023

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