Town Marshal
William Dean Miner Jr.
Avilla Police Department
Saturday, May 28, 1983

Age: 29
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 28W, Line 7
Panel L4, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, May 28, 1983
04:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 3 south of Avilla
Incident County:
Noble
Incident Township:

Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Info:
Discharged
Burial Location:
Butler Cemetery, Butler

   Marshal William Miner was shot and killed while struggling with a suspect after responding to reports of someone breaking into a vehicle. During the struggle a second suspect approached, disarmed Marshal Miner, and shot him in the back with the officer's .357-caliber handgun.

   That 18-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1995, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the conviction, but overturned his death sentence which resulted in a resentencing to 60 years in prison. On July 29, 2013, the offender was discharged.

   Marshal Miner was survived by his wife, son and daughter.