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Officer Charles Sanders
March 1, 1948 - Feb 22, 1957
Officer Charles Sanders
Officer Charles Sanders
Lost In The Line of Duty
 
Charles C. Sanders responded to a radio call for assistance from a Lane County Deputy Sheriff E.J. Robertson when his partner, Deputy Dave Hefner, was shot in the neck while investigating a domestic violence call.
The ensuing gun battle with the suspect, Albert Wachsmuth, lasted 2 hours.  Sanders was fatally wounded by a rifle shot from inside the house when officers rushed the residence.  The suspect ran out the back door and attempted to commit suicide, but survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound. Albert Wachsmuth was later charged with First Degree Murder.
Deputy Hefner, shot in the neck, died of his injuries in July.