Sheriff
Salvatore Frank 'Tudie' Navarra
Decatur County Sheriff's Department
Monday, May 29, 1961

Age: 51
Served: 2 years, 4 months
Badge #: 16-1
Military Service:
Panel 54W, Line 11
Panel L7, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicle pursuit
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, May 29, 1961
09:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Buena Vista Road east of Clarksburg
Incident County:
Franklin
Incident Township:
Posey
Weapon Used:
Automobile
Suspect Info:
Sentenced
Burial Location:
Saint Marys Cemetery, Greensburg

   Sheriff Salvatore Navarra was killed in an automobile accident during a vehicle pursuit over four miles east of Clarksburg.

   As the pursuit reached speeds nearing 110 mph, Sheriff Navarra's vehicle flipped over as he took a curve. He was ejected through the windshield before being crushed by the squad car. A special deputy who was riding with Sheriff Navarra was injured in the accident but survived.

   The 18-year-old suspect was being pursued at the request of his parole officer for gasoline theft. When he was apprehended a week later hiding in the attic of his grandparents' home, he threatened authorities with a hunting knife. He was subsequently sentenced to one year for resisting arrest to be served concurrently with four-month terms each for reckless driving, driving without a license and failure to obey a police officer.