Officer
Edward J. Petticord
Indianapolis Police Department
Tuesday, October 2, 1906

Age: 37
Served: 5 years
Badge #:
Panel 28W, Line 6
Panel L21, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, September 30, 1906
08:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
24th Street and Indianapolis Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Disposition:
• Executed in 1907
• Shot and killed
Burial Place:
New Bethel Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Officer Edward Petticord and Officer Charles Russell were shot while searching for subjects who had been involved in a drunken fight.

   As the officers stopped two subjects for questioning, one man shot Officer Russell at close range and the other man shot Officer Petticord in the back before they escaped.

   The officers were rushed to City Hospital where Officer Russell died a short time later and Officer Petticord died from the wounds he suffered two days later.

   The suspect who killed Officer Petticord was apprehended the next day and was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On February 8, 1907, he was the last person to be executed by hanging in the state before electrocution became the method.

   The suspect who killed Officer Russell was shot and killed on August 25, 1908, during a shootout with the Monroe County sheriff and his deputies near Martinsburg, Kentucky.

   Officer Petticord was single and survived by his brother and two sisters.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.


The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.


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