Trooper
William Rae Kellems
Indiana State Police
Monday, September 30, 1957

Age: 27
Served: 10 months
Badge #:
Panel 25E, Line 10
Panel L5, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, September 30, 1957
11:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 31 and State Road 56, Scottsburg
Incident County:
Scott
Incident Township:
Vienna
Weapon Used:
.32-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Paroled in 1981
Burial Place:
West Newton Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Trooper William Kellems was shot and killed by the suspects who had shot and killed Trooper Dugald A. Pellot, 23, of the Michigan State Police about five miles south of Clinton, in Lenawee County, earlier in the day.

   After killing Trooper Pellot, the suspects fled to Indiana where Trooper Kellems spotted the suspects' vehicle traveling through Scott County. As he made a traffic stop at U.S. 31 and State Road 56 in Scottsburg, two shots were fired as he approached the vehicle, fatally wounding him before the suspects fled the scene.

   As the suspects attempted to run a roadblock, they wounded two other officers before the suspect who had killed Trooper Pellot was shot and killed. The other suspect, who had taken a Jennings County deputy sheriff hostage during his escape, was captured and later sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in June 1981.

   Trooper Kellems, from Indianapolis, was assigned to the Charlestown post. He was survived by his wife.

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United States Air Force



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