Patrolman Charles Edward Osborne, Jr.

Patrolman Charles Edward Osborne, Jr.

Columbus Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, August 8, 1994

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Charles Edward Osborne, Jr.

Patrolman Charles Osborne was shot and killed at the intersection of Bell Street and Henry Street after taking a 13-year-old juvenile home who had been picked up for violating curfew.

As Officer Osborne was checking the back seat of his patrol car, a second juvenile pulled out a concealed weapon from his crotch area and shot Patrolman Osborne in the head, behind his right ear. He lay in the street for 30 minutes because a witness didn't want to get involved. Another passerby noticed Patrolman Osborne and notified paramedics. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.

The 15-year-old killer was arrested a short time later, convicted of murder, and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Osborne was survived by his wife, daughter, and stepdaughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge 686

Incident Details

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

juvenile offender, transport

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