Patrolman Charles LeRoy Edinger

Patrolman Charles LeRoy Edinger

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, June 6, 1917

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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 (Inadvertent)

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time can ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 6, 2021

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