Patrolman Charles A. McNabb

Patrolman Charles A. McNabb

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, November 23, 1968

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Charles A. McNabb

Patrolman McNabb was shot and killed when he interrupted a holdup attempt at an apartment at 1214 Commonwealth Avenue.

He had just gotten off duty but was still in uniform when a building superintendent approached him and notified him of a disturbance in a basement apartment. As he entered the basement he encountered two masked men who opened fire on him, striking him twice in the chest.

Patrolman McNabb was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His murder remains unsolved.

Patrolman McNabb was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 3049

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified


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Greetings. I remember learning of Officer Mc Nabbs death on the news. I was 13 y/o, eating supper. I remember a wave of emotion came over me. My mom came into the kitchen and saw me sitting, with tears streaming down my face. Charles death by violence hit me hard. For whatever reason Officer Mc Nabb stuck with me. I became an Army MP and kept Charles in my mind. Few years later I became a deputy with the Multnomah County Sheriffs Office for 28 years. All the while, Officer Mc Nabb was with me. Couple years ago I was in Boston and came upon a police memorial by the capital, and instantly found Charles. My girlfriend saw my tears and so I told her the story of Officer Charles Mc Nabb and how he and his service to others had somehow affected my life. I never knew or met Charles, but I can tell you this.... I'll never forget him. Rest in Peace Charles and thank you for your service.

Deputy R L Mc Nabb. ( retired )

March 14, 2019

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