Deputy Sheriff
William S. Cox
Dubois County Sheriff's Department
Monday, May 23, 1887

Age: 35
Served: 1 day
Badge #:
Panel 22E, Line 27
Panel L19, Line 11

Incident Details

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

Incident to Death Duration:
1 year, 356 days
Incident Location:
2nd Avenue east of Jasper
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Convicted
Burial Place:
Conley Cemetery, Mentor
(unmarked grave)

   Deputy William Cox and Deputy John Gardner 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 Cox was survived by his wife and 12-year-old son. He had been deputized that day for the arrest.

Historical Notes

• Deputy Cox is one of four known officers killed in the line of duty in Indiana who served only one day.
• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

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