Officer Charles Joshua Russell

Photo of Officer Charles Joshua Russell
End of Watch: Sun, Sep 30th, 1906
Date of Incident: Sun, Sep 30th, 1906
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 5 years
Age: 35


His wife and four children


Officer Charles Russell and Officer Edward Petticord were shot near 24th Street and Indianapolis Avenue after the officers stopped two men for questioning. Both officers were rushed to a local hospital where Officer Russell died a short time later and Officer Petticord succumbed to his wounds two days later.

One of the suspects was apprehended the next day and subsequently 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 the method was replaced by electrocution. The second suspect was shot and killed on August 25, 1908 during a shootout with the sheriff and deputies of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department in Kentucky.



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