Detective Charles D. Hoffman

Detective Charles D. Hoffman

Wichita Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, November 23, 1921

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Charles D. Hoffman

Detective Charles Hoffman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest the leader of a gang that was responsible for the murders of Patrolman A.L. Young and Patrolman Robert Fitzpatrick earlier in the month.

The suspect had attempted to rent a vehicle from a local shop at 306 South Lawrence Avenue (modern day South Broadway) and the shop owner alerted police. As Detective Hoffman entered the store the man pulled a gun and Detective Huffman lunged forward and grabbed him.

During a struggle, the suspect was able to shoot Detective Hoffman and wound another officer. A third officer on the scene returned fire and killed the suspect.

Detective Hoffman had served with the agency for six years and was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. He is buried at Old Mission Cemetery, Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Det. Hoffman,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officers who were also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wichita.


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November 23, 2021

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