Patrolman Charles L. Godfrey

Patrolman Charles L. Godfrey

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, May 12, 1925

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Charles L. Godfrey

Patrolman Charles Godfrey was shot and killed during an arrest.

A reserve officer and his wife were attacked and called for help as Patrolman Godfrey was nearby. Patrolman Godfrey took immediate action to apprehend suspects and, while in pursuit of them, was killed by friendly fire.

Patrolman Godfrey had served with the New York City Police Department for one year and had previously served with the U.S. Postal Service and with the United States Army during WWI. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Patrolman Godfrey was assigned to the 16th Precinct, the present day 32nd Precinct. He is buried in Cypress Hill Cemetery in the Police Arlington Gardens, Brooklyn, New York.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge 11688
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

friendly fire

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Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country.

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May 12, 2018

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