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 Charles E. Bogardus, Policeman

Charles E. Bogardus

Sunday, April 5, 1959

Bogardus, Charles E.

Rank: Policeman

Serial Number: 3860

Division: University

Location: 1451 W. Washington Blvd.

Date Killed: Sunday, April 5, 1959

Cause of Death: Shot by a Robbery Suspect

Bio: Policeman Charles Bogardus was shot and
killed by a robbery suspect. He and his partner had spotted an
armed robbery in-progress at a supermarket at Washington and
Hoover. The two suspects spotted the officers and ran upstairs into
an office. The officers entered the store and took cover. Policeman
Bogardus yelled, 'cover me,' and ran up the stairs toward the
office. When he reached the top of the stairs, he kicked in the
door and entered the office. A scuffle ensued in the office. Then
Policeman Bogardus ran out, without his gun, and headed back down
the stairs. One of the suspects stood in the doorway and shot
Policeman Bogardus as he ran down the stairs. Even though the
hold-up men were armed with their own guns, they had taken the
officer's. Responding officers killed both the suspects in the
shootout that followed.

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