Police Officer Charles Metzgar

Police Officer Charles Metzgar

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, May 11, 1898

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Charles Metzgar

Police Officer Charles Metzgar succumbed to two gunshot wounds sustained 11 days earlier while attempting to arrest a man for fighting at the corner of Second Avenue and Greenfield Avenue, in Hazelwood.

As Officer Metzgar walked the man to the police call box the subject suddenly pulled out a revolver and shot him in the head twice before fleeing. Patrolman Metzgar was taken to Mercy Hospital where he remained until succumbing to his wounds.

The subject was arrested a short time later and charged with murder. He was convicted of second degree murder on July 11, 1898, and sentenced to 14 years.

Police Officer Metzgar had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, May 1, 1898
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 14 years

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Officer Metzgar,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pittsburgh. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 11, 2023

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