Chief of Detectives
William E. Dwyer
Terre Haute Police Department
Thursday, April 2, 1908

Age: 47
Served: 20 years
Badge #:
Panel 47W, Line 11
Panel L32, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, April 2, 1908

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
33 South 3rd Street, Terre Haute
Incident County:
Vigo
Incident Township:
Harrison
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 to 21 years
Burial Place:
Calvary Cemetery, Terre Haute

   Chief of Detectives William Dwyer was shot and killed during a shootout in the Vigo County Courthouse.

   A defendant who had just been convicted of dynamiting three stores in Sandford produced a gun and began firing, killing Chief of Detectives Dwyer and wounding three others. Other officers returned fire wounding the suspect.

   The suspect had dynamited the three businesses because the owners had exposed his illegal drinking establishment. His conviction came as a result of Chief of Detectives Dwyer's testimony.

   He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two to 21 years in prison.




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