First Sergeant
Marvin Edward Walts
Indiana State Police
Monday, March 18, 1957

Age: 47
Served: 19 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Panel 50E, Line 6
Panel L31, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, March 18, 1957
02:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 31 near State Road 131
Incident County:
Clark
Incident Township:
Jeffersonville
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Milltown Community Cemetery, Milltown

   First Sergeant Marvin Walts was shot and killed during a traffic stop of a bank robbery suspect on U.S. 31 near where it intersects with State Road 131 in Clark County.

   While on his day off, he had received a broadcast of an armed robbery at the Sellersburg State Bank at 1:15 pm. After stopping a vehicle about 45 minutes later, it was confirmed the driver's jacket matched the description given of the bank robbery suspect.

   As First Sergeant Walts returned to the vehicle, the suspect shot him in the forehead, killing him instantly. A minister who was riding with the trooper was then fired upon before being able to return fire himself and killed the suspect with the trooper's shotgun.

   First Sergeant Walts, from New Albany, had planned to retire in six months and was assigned to the Charlestown post. He was survived by his wife and teenage son.



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