Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Dale Mishler and Patrolman Jerry Green died as a result of injuries both suffered in a single-vehicle accident during a vehicle pursuit.
While on routine patrol, the officers began chasing a vehicle near 14th and Walnut streets. On State Road 46 at a curve near Stout Creek, Patrolman Mishler lost control of their squad car causing it to roll over as both officers were thrown from the vehicle. Patrolman Mishler died while en route to Bloomington Hospital.
Patrolman Green remained in critical condition with a fractured skull and a severe injury to his left eye causing him to be left partially blind. He was unable to return to active duty and received a disability pension.
His health continued to decline, having never fully recovered from his injuries and from suffering two heart attacks. He died after being admitted to Bloomington Hospital for surgery on July 15, 1967.
The 20-year-old suspect initially fled the scene, but turned himself into police later that day. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide, which were later dismissed, as well as operating while intoxicated.
Patrolman Mishler was survived by his wife, three sons, daughter, brother, three sisters and parents.
United States Army
• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.