Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Deputy Constable William Carey was shot and killed by a traveling evangelist known as Thomas "Cyclone" Johnson from Kentucky.
The reverend had a history of assaulting people who disagreed with his preaching and had done so against a man the night before. Deputy Constable Carey, who was unarmed and sworn in that day, and his cousin, who was also a deputy constable, arrested the subject for assault and battery.
They escorted him to the Jackson & Jeffries livery barn for arraignment. As a crowd of people gathered, the suspect produced a revolver and shot Deputy Constable Carey. He was struck twice in the neck, hitting his jugular vein and died within a few minutes. An unknown citizen returned fire and killed the suspect.
Deputy Constable Carey was survived by his wife and three children, two being six-month-old twin sons, two brothers and parents. He is one of four known law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana who served only one day.