Lieutenant
Russell Maxwell Baldwin
Crawfordsville Police Department
Tuesday, August 27, 1974

Age: 44
Served: 12 years
Badge #:
Military Service: U.S. Army
• Korean War
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, August 27, 1974
09:07 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
300 block of Lafayette Avenue, Crawfordsville
Incident County:
Montgomery
Incident Township:
Union
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Info:
Died in prison
Burial Location:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville

   Lieutenant Russell Baldwin was shot and killed after stopping a man who had just robbed a grocery store of $240.

   During the traffic stop both men exited their vehicles and spoke for a few moments before the suspect produced a gun and shot Lieutenant Baldwin in the chest.

   The 31-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison where he died in 2009.

   Lieutenant Baldwin was survived by his wife, son and daughter.