Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Major Paul Ernst was killed in a single-vehicle accident while on duty.
He and another officer had just escorted the Richmond High School boys basketball team to Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University for the evening semi-state tournament.
They were returning from their assignment when it was believed the driver of the vehicle that struck Major Ernst had suffered a heart attack.
Major Ernst was survived by his wife and daughter.
Sagamore of the Wabash
In 1991, Major Ernst received the distinguished award from Governor Evan Bayh.
The responsibilities of the Marion County Sheriff's Department – Law Enforcement Division (1822–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.