Patrolman Charles S. Ford

Patrolman Charles S. Ford

Salt Lake City Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, December 14, 1907

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Charles S. Ford

Patrolman Charles Ford was shot and killed when he encountered three robbery suspects near the intersection of West Street and South Street.

He was on patrol when the three men, fleeing from a robbery at a nearby hotel, encountered him. The men immediately held him at gunpoint and told him to put up his hands. He was shot in the chest when he attempted to draw his service weapon.

The three suspects fled the scene but were eventually apprehended and charged with Patrolman Ford's murder. One of the suspects was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled on June 20, 1918. While in prison he contracted tuberculosis and died a year later in Fresno, California.

Patrolman Ford was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1918

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Rest in peace Patrolman Ford.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 27, 2023

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