Special Deputy Sheriff
William H. Engel
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department
Thursday, August 14, 1919

Age: 44
Served: 1 day
Badge #:
Panel 25W, Line 22
Panel L16, Line 7

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, August 14, 1919

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
138 East Spring Street, New Albany
Incident County:
Floyd
Incident Township:
New Albany
Weapon Used:
Pistol
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
Locust Hill Cemetery, Evansville

   Special Deputy William Engel was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner to the Indiana Reformatory in Jeffersonville.

   As they traveled through New Albany, the 26-year-old murder suspect attempted to escape in front of the interurban station. The prisoner suddenly drew a pistol he had obtained from his girlfriend and shot Special Deputy Engel in the back of the head.

   The offender was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

   Special Deputy Engel was survived by his wife and four children.

Historical Note

• Special Deputy Engel is one of four known officers killed in the line of duty in Indiana who served only one day.



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