Probe ongoing in cop’s slaying

first_imgThe devoted father entered the house holding 5-year-old Michael while Beth and 11-month-old Ricky remained in the car. He climbed the stairs and tucked Michael into bed. When Anderson stepped into the hallway, he was ambushed and shot, authorities say. One bullet slammed into Michael’s room. The killer of Charles Robert Anderson slipped out of the house, and police have been trying to catch him ever since. Beth Anderson, who has since remarried and divorced, could not be reached for comment. Although two decades have passed, the Burbank Police Department remains committed to solving the case. “The fact that he’s a police officer, when I look at Charley, it’s like looking in the mirror,” said Lt. Pat Lynch, who has been with the Burbank Police Department for half of his 52 years. “We’re about the same age, and I realize it could have happened to me just as easily.” Police said they had a suspect or suspects in Anderson’s slaying and presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1999. Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence and told detectives to come back with more. Anderson’s sister, Trish Belisle, 62, wants potential witnesses to come forward, saying Charles was a good man with a great sense of humor who is dearly missed. [email protected] (818) 713-3329 HOW TO HELP Anyone with information on the killing of Charles Robert Anderson is urged to call the Burbank Police Department at (818) 238-3279. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – It has been 20 years since Charles Robert Anderson was slain while putting his son to bed in the family’s near-perfect home on a quiet, upscale cul-de-sac. Police believe somebody close to the family was involved in the fatal shooting of the 35-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, but won’t discuss details of the case beyond that. And the circumstances and the unanswered questions behind his killing have caused considerable pain and internal strain within the family. “After 20 years, we don’t have any information,” said John Anderson, 66, of Granada Hills, Charles’ older brother. “It’s an ongoing frustration for us – we don’t know anything. “It’s difficult for all the family members. We don’t have any closure whatsoever.” Charles was a respected law enforcement driving instructor with a natural gift behind the wheel. “He was a very dedicated, very focused guy,” said retired sheriff’s Lt. George Grein, who was an honorary pallbearer at Anderson’s funeral, attended by hundreds of law enforcement officers. Anderson also had a knack for real estate, amassing a small fortune through the purchase and sales of apartments, relatives said. It was nearly midnight on Jan. 24, 1987, when the blue-eyed, sandy-haired Anderson and his wife, Beth, arrived at their two-story home in the 1700 block of Oak Street. last_img

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