Police Officer
Ralph Wayne Pogue
Bloomington Police Department
Sunday, November 25, 1928

Age: 20
Served: 3 weeks
Badge #:
Panel 37E, Line 26

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, November 24, 1928

Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
Grimes Lane, Bloomington
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Mount Gilead Cemetery, Bloomington

   Officer Ralph Pogue was shot and killed while he and another officer served a search warrant at a residence whose owner was suspected of illegally selling liquor.

   When the officers arrived and started reading the warrant, the suspect grabbed it out of the officer's hand, ran to a back room and grabbed a handgun. As the other officer struggled with the man, Officer Pogue approached to assist but was shot in the stomach. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained until he died from the injuries he suffered the following day.

   After firing the shot, the suspect surrendered to the other officer. As he was being transported to city hall he attempted to escape but was shot in the leg and subdued with the use of clubs when he continued to struggle. He was convicted of manslaughter after claiming the shot was fired accidentally.

   On August 23, 1935, the same suspect shot and wounded an Indiana State Excise Police officer as he and other officers attempted to serve a warrant during a liquor raid at the suspect's residence in Bloomington.

   Officer Pogue was survived by his parents and five siblings. He is the second-youngest known law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana.

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