Patrolman Charles F. Finn

Patrolman Charles F. Finn

Reading Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, May 11, 1905

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Charles F. Finn

Patrolman Finn was shot and killed while chasing three men he caught burglarizing a grain store near the intersection of Ninth Street and Franklin Street. He began to chase the three men when one suddenly turned and shot him in the abdomen with a revolver.

Patrolman Finn succumbed to his wound 11 hours later.

The suspect was later apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Patrolman Finn was single and had served with the Reading Police Department for two years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

burglary in progress

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 11, 2015

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