Chief of Police
Vern L. Ervin
French Lick Police Department
Sunday, September 10, 1972

Age: 52
Served: 16 years
Badge #: FL1
Military Service: U.S. Army
• World War II
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, September 10, 1972

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
8671 West Main Street, French Lick
Incident County:
Orange
Incident Township:
French Lick
Weapon Used:
12-gauge shotgun
Suspect Info:
Died in prison
Burial Location:
Mount Lebanon Cemetery, French Lick

   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 in prison.

   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.