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 had served with the Columbus Police Department for over five years. He 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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Law Enforcement Officers willingly put on a uniform every day and protect our communities, states, and nation and some end up making the ultimate sacrifice.
O God of Peace, so many of America’s Peace Officers who are on the front lines to protect us never make it back home to their families. We pray for these fallen law enforcement officers, Lord God, who gave their lives for us. We pray for the families of these heroes, who have to now endure life without their loved one. Lord God, society tries to move forward, but there is always bloodshed occurring. We approach Your throne of glory and grace to beg of You for peace. Lord God, bring peace to this land – the United States of America. We plead for Your divine intervention to quiet our hearts and unify our communities. Stop the violence that occurs amid our cities. We thank You for all America’s Peace Officers who have died protecting us, and ask that You send an everlasting peace so that America’s Peace Officers on the streets may be safe and return home to their loved ones at the end of their assigned shifts. In Christ Jesus, Your blessed Son, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” [Isaiah 6:8 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
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Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

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