Deputy Sheriff
William M. Sweem
Parke County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, April 25, 1896

Age: 36
Served: 2 days
Badge #:
Panel 27E, Line 24
Panel L28, Line 11

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, April 25, 1896
01:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
128 West Ohio Street, Rockville
Incident County:
Parke
Incident Township:
Adams
Weapon Used:
Shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Rockville Cemetery, Rockville

   Deputy William Sweem and Sheriff William Mull were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had just killed the family who lived next door to him.

   The subject attacked a 38-year-old female neighbor with an axe, then shot and killed her 8-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter before walking toward the town square.

   Sheriff Mull and Deputy Sweem located the man near the Old National Bank and confronted him. The suspect then shot and killed both officers before fleeing the scene.

   The 23-year-old man later died by suicide when he was surrounded by a posse.

   Deputy Sweem had been appointed a jail guard by Sheriff Mull only two days before the incident occurred. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.



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