Patrolman Charles LeRoy Edinger

Patrolman Charles LeRoy Edinger

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, June 6, 1917

Charles LeRoy Edinger

Patrolman Charles Edinger was accidentally shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity while responding to a liquor store burglary at 3703 Fifth Avenue.

He had responded to a call for help from the liquor store owner and had to retreat when the burglar opened fire. Upon the arrival of other units, Patrolman Edinger entered the store through a rear window and flushed the burglar out through the front door. The burglar, upon exiting, was shot and killed by a wagonman at the scene.

It is unclear who shot Patrolman Edinger as the bullet that was removed from his wound did not match the caliber of weapon issued by the Pittsburgh Police Department.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years, 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

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Patrolman Edinger,
Sir, even though it's been 98 years since your end of watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh.


United States Border Patrol

June 7, 2015

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