Trooper
Earl LeRoy Brown
Indiana State Police
Wednesday, August 31, 1955

Age: 42
Served: 14 years, 10 months
Badge #:
Panel 56E, Line 3
Panel L24, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, August 31, 1955
05:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 31-A near Little Acre
Incident County:
Jackson
Incident Township:
Redding
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died while in custody
Burial Place:
Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus

   Trooper Earl Brown was shot and killed while searching a suspicious subject who was walking with a shotgun along U.S. 31-A in Jackson County.

   He and a Columbus police officer were called to investigate and upon locating the subject, about 400 feet south of the Bartholomew and Jackson county line, he surrendered the shotgun without resistance. As he was being searched, he pulled a Luger from his hip pocket and shot Trooper Brown twice.

   The suspect was shot three times and critically wounded by the Columbus police officer. He was later judged to be insane and was committed to a maximum-security facility for life, where he died in 1962.

   Trooper Brown, from Columbus, was assigned to the Seymour post. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter and a brother, who was a detective with the Columbus Police Department.

Memorial Tribute

• In 2012, a Memorial Mile was designated on State Road 11, from the 44-mile marker to the 45-mile marker, in his honor.



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