Wilmington Department of Police to Dedicate Headstone to Fallen Officer Charles Schultz

Posted on  04/30/2013 12:47 pm


  • Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Thursday, May 2, 2013, 11:30 a.m.


One hundred twenty one years after his death in the line of duty, Wilmington Officer Charles Schultz will receive a memorial service he deserved, but never received.

In the early morning hours of January 30, 1891, Officer Shultz was shot by two unknown men while walking his beat in the northwest section of the city. After hearing his cries for help, a nearby resident took Officer Schultz to the newly built Delaware Hospital at 16th & Washington Streets, where the 37 year old officer succumbed to his injuries. He left behind a wife and five children.

For unknown reasons Officer Schultz was never officially recognized by the City of Wilmington as a fallen officer. Several years ago retired Wilmington Officer Thomas Monahan was conducting research on the history of the police department when he uncovered articles referencing the murder from 1891. In 1991 University of Delaware Professor Mike Dixon wrote an article for the Delaware Gazette telling the story of the officer’s murder and subsequent investigation. Recently retired Wilmington Officer Layman Grant brought this lost history to the attention of the police department.

Wilmington City Council presented a resolution recognizing Officer Schultz on the evening of Thursday, February 7, 2013, in City Council Chambers. Chief Christine R. Dunning accepted the resolution on behalf the family, which has not been located. “It is very important that we recognize and honor those who have given their lives in defense of their community. Officer Charles Schultz made the ultimate sacrifice and it was an honor to accept this resolution on behalf of his family.”

On Thursday May 2, 2013 the Wilmington Department of Police will hold a memorial service dedicating a headstone to Officer Schultz at the Cathedral Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. The service will include a roll call of fallen Wilmington officers, remarks about Officer Schultz from departmental historians, and a presentation of a City proclamation by Chief Christine Dunning. The service will conclude with an out of service radio message and all police vehicles in the city will simultaneously sound their sirens for 10 seconds.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.