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