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 Charles Hensley was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress.

He was shot twice when he discovered two men breaking into a building in an alley in the block bounded by Felix Street, Francis Street, 2nd Street, and 3rd 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.

One week later the suspect, 33, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison on May 30, 1922.

Patrolman Hensley had served with the St. Joseph Police Department 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 Died in prison


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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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