2, 1929, Officer Dingman was on patrol
at 31st Street and Jackson Avenue, when
he pulled up next to a car carrying three
men - John Watson, Joe Hershon, and Charles
M. Curtis. He attempted to approach them,
and Watson and Hershon opened fire. Officer Dingman
was mortally wounded, and died December
4, 1929 at St Luke's Hospital. The three men, John Watson, Joe Hershon, and Charles Curtis were found and arrested. It was discovered that they were known gangsters and were released
from jail that October.
Watson confessed to fatally wounding Officer Dingman.
H. Dingman Jr., 28, was a member of the
police force for six years, previously served with the National Guard for four years and was survived by his wife, Ida, a son, Charles H. DIngman III; two stepsons. Junion Dingman and Clarence Dingman; his parents, Mr. and Mrs, Charles H. Dingman and a brother, John E. Dingman.
Article by Brent Marchant
Interred: Mount Moriah Cemetery.