Officer
Oscar Waldemar Christensen
South Bend Police Department
Tuesday, May 11, 1897

Age: 33
Served:
Badge #:
Panel 29W, Line 5
Panel L23, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, May 11, 1897

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway yards, South Bend
Incident County:
St. Joseph
Incident Township:
Portage
Weapon Used:
.44-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Acquitted
Burial Place:
City Cemetery, South Bend

   Officer Oscar Christensen was shot and killed while investigating vandalism in the rail yards on the city's west side.

   As a Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway detective was arresting some hobos, several shots were fired. When Officer Christensen approached, he was commanded by the railroad detective to halt and after failing to do so, he was struck by a bullet fired from the railroad detective's revolver and died a short time later.

   The railroad detective was charged with manslaughter but was later acquitted by a jury.

   Officer Christensen was survived by his wife.


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