Patrolman
James Ovid McCracken
Muncie Police Department
Sunday, April 24, 1932

Age: 35
Served: 4 years
Badge #:
Panel 40E, Line 27 (2011)
Included (2010)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, April 24, 1932
10:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
100 block of South Mulberry Street, Muncie
Incident County:
Delaware
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
.32-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Sentenced to life
• Sentenced to life
• Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
Woodlawn Cemetery, Maxville

   Patrolman James McCracken was shot and killed during an armed robbery as he escorted a theater manager to a bank to make a night deposit.

   Four suspects fled the scene with $747 and later shot Patrolman Charles A. Holt, 36, of the Springfield, Ohio, Police Department, on June 29, 1932, who died the following day.

   A 27- and 38-year-old man were apprehended on August 10 in Indianapolis, later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. A third man, the shooter who killed Patrolman McCracken, was arrested a month later in New Orleans, later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

   The fourth suspect was held in Ohio and after pleading guilty to shooting with intent to kill in that incident, was sentenced to life in prison and paroled in 1945. The shooter who killed Patrolman Holt was captured in Effingham, Illinois, later found guilty of first-degree murder, was sentenced to life in prison and pardoned in 1959.

   Patrolman McCracken was survived by his wife, mother, stepfather, two sisters, brother, two stepsisters and stepbrother.


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