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Council Bluffs Police Department


Patrol Driver Charles C. Platner

Patrolman Charles C. Platner, 49, was accidentally shot, Saturday, September 2, 1905, when his partner's gun fell from its holster and discharged during a foot pursuit. The two officers had responded to a burglary and encountered the suspect, who fled on foot. The two officers chased the man and as Platner's partner climbed a fence his revolver fell from its holster, struck the ground, and discharged. The round struck Patrolman Platner in the chest. He was transported to General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, September 3, 1905.

Patrolman Platner was survived by his three children.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)