Patrolman
John V. Cain Jr.
Evansville Police Department
Sunday, June 14, 1914

Age: 47
Served: 14 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 48W, Line 22
Panel L31, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, June 14, 1914
12:10 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Lincoln Avenue near Riley Street, Evansville
Incident County:
Vanderburgh
Incident Township:
Pigeon
Weapon Used:
.32-caliber handgun
Suspect Info:
Executed in 1914
Burial Location:
Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Evansville

   Patrolman John Cain was shot and killed while he and another officer attempted to disperse a crowd at a nearby saloon. One of the people in the crowd, a parolee from the Indiana State Prison, opened fire, striking Patrolman Cain.

   The suspect had recently been released from prison for assault and battery with intent to kill. He was suffering from tuberculosis and was sent home to die. One of his last acts at the penitentiary was helping to construct the electric chair and liked to boast that he was the first person to sit in it.

   He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On October 16, 1914, he was the third person to be executed by electrocution in the state.

   Patrolman Cain was survived by his wife and 9- and 14-year-old daughters.