Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Willard VanHorn was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect. The suspect and another man had robbed a service station in Muncie and had abducted the attendant. Muncie detectives learned that the suspects may have gone to Elwood and went to the city to investigate.
One of the Muncie detectives accompanied Patrolman VanHorn and another patrolman to a home where they believed one of the suspects was hiding. The detective went to the front door and the two patrolmen went to the back door. As the patrolmen entered the house the suspect immediately opened fire on them, striking Patrolman VanHorn. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman VanHorn was able to return fire, striking the suspect who died of his wounds the following day. The second suspect was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in the original robbery.
Patrolman VanHorn was survived by his wife and three children.