Patrolman
Frederick C. Wachendorf
Rushville Police Department
Saturday, February 4, 1922

Age: 39
Served: 1 month
Badge #:
Panel 38W, Line 12
Panel L20, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, February 4, 1922

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
110 West 3rd Street, Rushville
Incident County:
Rush
Incident Township:
Rushville
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
East Hill Cemetery, Rushville

   Patrolman Frederick Wachendorf was shot and killed after he and his partner asked a driver to move his vehicle in front of the City Restaurant.

   When the officers told the driver to move his vehicle, which was parked the wrong way, the driver opened fire on the officers with a revolver. Both officers were struck, fatally wounding Patrolman Wachendorf and seriously wounding the other officer.

   Patrolman Wachendorf was able to return fire three times, striking the suspect once in his left leg before he died from his own wounds.

   The suspect, whose motive was a grudge he held against Patrolman Wachendorf for being appointed to the position of patrolman instead of him, was arrested about a half-hour later. He was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

   Patrolman Wachendorf was survived by his wife and mother.


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