Deputy Sheriff
John E. Gardner
Dubois County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, June 2, 1885

Age: 42
Served: 1 day
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, June 1, 1885

Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
2nd Avenue east of Jasper
Incident County:
Dubois
Incident Township:
Bainbridge
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Convicted
Burial Place:
Jasper City Cemetery, Jasper

   Deputy John Gardner and Deputy William Cox were shot while attempting to arrest two brothers for robbery on 2nd Avenue, two miles east of Jasper.

   During the arrest, the suspects opened fire on both deputies, mortally wounding Deputy Gardner who died the following day. Deputy Cox suffered severe wounds and remained paralyzed until his death two years later.

   The 30- and 35-year-old suspects fled the scene but were arrested 16 years later in Mount Vernon, Illinois, One brother was shot and killed, while the other was arrested and later convicted of murder for killing both deputies.

   Deputy Gardner was survived by his wife. He had been deputized that day for the arrest.

Military Service


United States Army

Historical Note

• Deputy Gardner is one of four known officers killed in the line of duty in Indiana who served only one day.

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This officer has been denied inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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