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Special Agent Nelson Klein was shot and killed while he and another special agent attempted to arrest a man for car theft and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles in West College Corner.
The agents went to the area after receiving information the suspect was visiting his brother at his residence. When Special Agent Klein saw the suspect walking down an alley and instructed him to surrender, he ran behind a garage. The suspect opened fire, striking Special Agent Klein five times, who died at the scene. The other agent returned fire and wounded the suspect.
The 55-year-old man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On March 24, 1936, he was executed by hanging at the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis. He was the second person to be tried and the first person sentenced to death under a federal law allowing the death penalty for the murder of a federal agent.
Special Agent Klein was assigned to the Cincinnati, Ohio, field office. He was survived by his wife, 6- and 8-year-old sons and 2-year-old daughter. His oldest son, Special Agent Nelson B. Klein Jr., 42, was killed on duty in a single-vehicle accident on May 29, 1969 in Bulloch County, Georgia while serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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• When it opened in 2011, the new Indianapolis field office has an address of 8825 Nelson B. Klein Parkway to recognize him.