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 inadvertently shot and killed after being mistaken for a suspect as he attempted to make an arrest while off duty.

Patrolman Godfrey observed a reserve officer and his wife being attacked. He 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 Officer's weapon
  • Offender Not available

friendly fire

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To my great grandfather, I’ve told my son of your legacy, and how after all these years you are still someone to aspire to.’ You have left a lineage of proud men and women and will NEVER! be forgotten. We love you!

Robin Godfrey Great granddaughter

December 28, 2020

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