Last Updated: 2009-08-20

Patrolman Harry Charlton, III
End of Watch: Friday, June 25, 1971

Patrolman Harry Charlton, III

Biographical information



Tour of Duty:

9 years

Badge number:

Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death:


Date of Incident:

Friday, June 25, 1971

Weapon Used:

Handgun; .44 caliber

Suspect Info:

Convicted of murder


Patrolman Harry Charlton was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at Ninth Street and Commerce Road.

During the stop, the driver suddenly produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Charlton in the chest. The suspect was later arrested and convicted of murder. Prior to the murder he had boasted to friends that he was going to murder a police officer.

The suspect was released prison in 2005 due to a terminal illness and died several weeks later.

Patrolman Charlton had been employed with the Richmond Police Department for 9 years. He was survived by his wife.

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