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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On this actual anniversary of your heroic and untimely death I'd like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your law enforcement family will never forget. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 4, 2021

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