Officer Charles Mitchell
Officer Mitchell Wounded October 1976 Officer Charles Mitchell It was obvious who the disorderly man was when Officer Charles E. Mitchell, Western District, pulled up to the 1300 block North Fremont Avenue, responding to a call from Communications. As he approached with Officer Paul B. Oros a citizen signaled that the 21 year old suspect had a gun. Officer Mitchell informed his back-up unit, then ordered the disorderly man to get against the wall. The suspect refused and as he turned toward the officers he drew a .38 caliber revolver and shot Officer Mitchell. Both officers returned fire and as the gunman fell, Officer Oros aided the wounded officer to cover, called for assistance over his walkie-talkie and immediately began administering first aid. Back-up units and two ambulances responded quickly and both the officer and the wounded gunman were rushed to an area hospital. The suspect later died as a result of his wounds. Officer Mitchell, a nine year veteran of the Department, is recuperating from a gun shot wound that struck him below the left eye and exited near his lower left Jaw. Investigation by Homicide Detectives revealed that the suspect, later identified as Bernard Warfield, was involved in a dispute with his girl-friend who refused to let him into the house or come out and talk to him.