Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Chief Vern Ervin died from a shotgun wound after responding to a man with a gun in front of the police station.
The chief and an officer from the West Baden Police Department were under fire and when Chief Ervin arrived he was killed instantly by the suspect.
The 38-year-old suspect was apprehended and charged with first-degree murder. He was later sentenced to life in prison and died from natural causes while incarcerated.
Chief Ervin had previously served with the Orange County Sheriff's Department as a deputy for one year. He was survived by his wife, son, two daughters, three grandsons, three brothers and two sisters.
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