Trooper
William Robert Rayner
Indiana State Police
Sunday, December 18, 1966

Age: 30
Served: 8 years, 3 months
Badge #:
Panel 46E, Line 12
Panel L33, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, December 18, 1966
03:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Interstate 74 near Greensburg
Incident County:
Decatur
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Died while in custody
Burial Place:
Saint Pauls Lutheran Cemetery, Milan

   Trooper William Rayner was shot and killed after he and a deputy stopped a vehicle on Interstate 74 east of Greensburg.

   They were unaware the car was stolen and its occupants were parolees away without leave from a state detention home in Louisville, Kentucky, when they questioned them.

   As they asked the men to exit the vehicle, the passenger grabbed Trooper Rayner and opened fire, killing him. The deputy was able to return fire and kill one of the suspects.

   The other suspect was captured after an extensive manhunt. He was sentenced to life in prison and died during an escape attempt from the Indiana State Prison in 1973.

   Trooper Rayner, from Greensburg, was assigned to the Versailles post. He was survived by his wife and three sons, one of whom was born after his death.

Memorial Tribute

• In 2009, Interstate 74 near the 138-mile marker in Decatur County was dedicated the Trooper William Rayner Memorial Highway in his honor.



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