Detective Charles E. Hefner

Detective Charles E. Hefner

Lima Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, February 27, 1951

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Charles E. Hefner

Detective Charles Hefner was shot and killed when he and another detective responded to a domestic disturbance in which the male subject was armed with a revolver.

When the detectives confronted the man, he attempted to shoot the other detective, and a struggle ensued. The man and the officers fell into the kitchen, and the suspect's revolver discharged. The round struck Detective Hefner in the throat. The other detective continued to struggle with the suspect, and the weapon was fired again. The second round struck the suspect and instantly killed him.

Detective Hefner was transported to Lima St. Rita's Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries 27 days later.

Detective Hefner had served with the Lima Police Department for 9 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and brothers.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 1, 1951
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed


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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Charles E. Hefner of the Lima Police Department, Ohio and the additional 59 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 27, 2024

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