Police Officer Charles McKinley

Police Officer Charles McKinley

Verona Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, February 4, 1954

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Charles McKinley

Police Officer Charles McKinley was shot and killed from ambush when he went to a residence on Penn Street to investigate a domestic disturbance. A man had came home drunk and was arguing with his wife. The man shot Officer McKinley in the chest from a hiding place on a stair landing as the officer was walking upstairs to talk with him. The suspect then shot and killed himself.

Officer McKinley was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI had served with the Verona Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Committed suicide

Ambush, domestic, fatal funnel

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Officer McKinley,
On today, the 70th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 4, 2024

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