Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Constable John Welch died from injuries he suffered the previous day when he was shot by an escapee.
Constable Welch had located the suspect hiding on a flatboat along the riverfront. As he approached the boat the suspect opened fire, striking Constable Welch twice with a double-barreled shotgun. After falling, the suspect's mother beat Constable Welch with a stick. Other officers transported him to a local hospital where he died the next day.
The 22-year-old male suspect was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.
Constable Welch was survived by his wife.