Patrolman
Willard Sylvester VanHorn
Elwood Police Department
Tuesday, July 5, 1932

Age: 44
Served: 3 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 43W, Line 14
Panel L31, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, July 5, 1932
10:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1042 North 10th Street, Elwood
Incident County:
Madison
Incident Township:
Pipe Creek
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Elwood Cemetery, Elwood

   Patrolman Willard VanHorn was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect who had robbed a service station and abducted the attendant in Muncie earlier in the day.

   A detective from the Muncie Police Department went to Elwood after learning one of the suspects may have gone there. The detective accompanied Patrolman VanHorn and another Elwood patrolman to a home where they believed the 26-year-old suspect 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. The Muncie detective returned fire and struck the suspect who died of his wounds the following day. The 17-year-old second suspect was arrested in Summitville and later sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in the original robbery.

   Patrolman VanHorn was survived by his wife and three children.