William Albert Drury
Jeffersonville Police Department
Wednesday, June 20, 1945

Age: 60
Served: 4 years
Badge #:
Panel 59E, Line 28 (2014)
Included (2014)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, April 14, 1945
09:25 am
Incident to Death Duration:
67 days
Incident Location:
601 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky
Incident County:
Incident Township:
(There are no civil townships in the Commonwealth of Kentucky)
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died while in custody
Burial Place:
Eastern Cemetery, Jeffersonville

   Patrolman William Drury died from a gunshot wound he suffered over two months earlier while taking a Navy deserter to the federal building in Louisville, Kentucky.

   The deserter had been arrested in Jeffersonville and was being taken by Patrolman Drury and another officer to be turned over to federal authorities. As Patrolman Drury exited the patrol car in the building's parking lot, the deserter suddenly grabbed his revolver and shot him in the throat at point-blank range before fleeing on foot.

   The offender was located in New Albany that evening by Navy Shore Patrol officers where he was shot and wounded during an exchange of gunfire with them. He died while in custody at a hospital 11 days later.

   Patrolman Drury was survived by four sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren and two sisters.

Historical Note

• Patrolman Drury is one of six Indiana line of duty death incidents that occurred in another state.

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