Detective Sergeant Charles Paul Monaghan

Detective Sergeant Charles Paul Monaghan

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 1, 1964

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Charles Paul Monaghan

Detective Sergeant Charles Monaghan and Detective Robert Endler were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a forgery suspect.

Another officer was tasked to go next-door to the Sears Department Store and pick up the suspect. He asked the detectives to help him. The suspect had not been searched or handcuffed by the store security personnel. As the three officers approached, he called out, "Oh, here they are, are you the police?" Someone replied they were and he drew a revolver and fired five rounds at the trio of officers, killing Detectives Endler and Monaghan. The other officer was wounded, but returned fire.

The suspect escaped the police dragnet that night, but was captured later. He then escaped from prison and fled to Mexico. He was later returned to the U.S. and was sentenced to prison where he eventually died in 1996.

Officer Monaghan was a U.S Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 6078
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

arrest attempt, forgery, investigation

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On this anniversary of your death please know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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February 1, 2021

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