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:
Old State Road 3 south of Avilla
Incident County:
Noble
Incident Township:
Allen
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Released in 2013
Burial Location:
Butler Cemetery, Butler

   Marshal William Miner was shot and killed while struggling with two men after responding to reports of subjects breaking into a vehicle.

   Upon approaching the vehicle, a struggle ensued in which his service weapon fell from its holster onto the pavement. One of the suspects shot Marshal Miner in the back with his .357-caliber handgun before both fled from the scene.

   An 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. A 27-year-old suspect was sentenced to eight years for his involvement.

   Marshal Miner had previously served with the South Whitley Police Department. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, three brothers and two sisters.


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