Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Dobbertin

Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Dobbertin

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Tuesday, December 6, 1977

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Charles Edward Dobbertin

Deputy Dobbertin succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four days earlier when he shot while attempting to stop a man from stealing packages out of a delivery truck while off duty. Deputy Dobbertin observed the crime in progress and began chasing the suspect. As he rounded a corner, Deputy Dobbertin was struck in the face with a radio antenna. The suspect then grabbed his service revolver and shot him. The suspect was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Dobbertin had served with the agency for 7 years and had served for many years previously with another agency. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 2, 1977
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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I was a Douglas County Deputy Sheriff and knew Chuck somewhat. I was stationed at the jail and he brought people in. We also were stationed at Douglas County Hospital during the rioting of 1968. I also worked off duty at Crossroads. I just recall him as a pretty good sized but gentle decent man. I liked him right off. Another Deputy Dennis Lipari (sp) was killed near this time I think. Not so many years apart.

Former Deputy Sheriff
Douglas County Sheriffs Office. Nebraska

July 17, 2021

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