Charles Joshua Russell
Indianapolis Police Department
Sunday, September 30, 1906

Age: 35
Served: 5 years
Badge #: 121
Panel 37W, Line 2
Panel L33, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, September 30, 1906
08:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
24th Street and Indianapolis Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Executed in 1907
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Officer Charles Russell and Officer Edward Petticord were shot while searching for subjects who had been involved in a drunken fight.

   As the officers stopped two subjects for questioning, one man shot Officer Russell at close range and the other man shot Officer Petticord in the back before they escaped.

   The officers were rushed to City Hospital where Officer Russell died a short time later and Officer Petticord died from the wounds he suffered two days later.

   The suspect who killed Officer Petticord was apprehended the next day and was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On February 8, 1907, he was the last person to be executed by hanging in the state before electrocution became the method.

   The suspect who killed Officer Russell was shot and killed on August 25, 1908, during a shootout with the Monroe County sheriff and his deputies near Martinsburg, Kentucky.

   Officer Russell was survived by his wife, infant son and three stepsons.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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