Officer
Clinton Maxwell Osthimer
Wabash Police Department
Tuesday, January 19, 1943

Age: 33
Served: 4 years
Badge #: 7
Panel 29E, Line 18
Panel L13, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, January 19, 1943

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Wabash Street south of Hill Street, Wabash
Incident County:
Wabash
Incident Township:
Noble
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died while in custody
Burial Place:
Falls Memorial Gardens, Wabash

   Officer Clinton Osthimer was shot and killed after making a traffic stop.

   The subject had been stopped for speeding and drunken driving after a short pursuit. He was arrested and placed in the back seat of the squad car with Officer Osthimer.

   En route to the jail, the man produced a revolver and shot Officer Osthimer in the throat severing his jugular vein. When he attempted to shoot the other officer his gun jammed.

   As the other officer knocked the gun from the suspect's hand, the squad car crashed onto the courthouse lawn. The man fled on foot but was recaptured a few blocks away.

   Officer Osthimer was transported to Wabash County Hospital and was dead on arrival.

   The officers were unaware the 28-year-old ex-convict was driving a stolen vehicle, wanted for larceny and absent without leave from the military. He was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

   He escaped from prison in 1969 but was found living under an assumed name in Alabama 10 years later.  While awaiting extradition to Indiana, the suspect died in 1979.

   Officer Osthimer was survived by his wife, 8-year-old son, parents, two brothers and sister.


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