Patrolman Charles Hensley

Patrolman Charles Hensley

St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, May 14, 1919

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Charles Hensley

Patrolman Hensley was shot and fatally wounded after interrupting a burglary in progress. He was shot twice when he discovered two men breaking into a building in an alley near Felix Street. He identified the suspect who shot him just before he died at a hospital hours later. The suspect was arrested later that same day.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Hensley had been with the agency for 23 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, six brothers, and one sister.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Hensley,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Joseph.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 14, 2019

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