Detective Sergeant
Carl Wilbur Heckman
Indianapolis Police Department
Saturday, January 3, 1931

Age: 28
Served: 1 years, 10 months
Badge #:
Panel 47W, Line 14
Panel L24, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, January 3, 1931

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3500 block of North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
•Executed in 1934
• Sentenced to 20 years
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Detective Sergeant Carl Heckman was shot and killed while he and another officer were investigating a series of recent laundry truck robberies.

   Upon observing a parked laundry truck, they approached the two male occupants and a gunbattle erupted. After one subject shot and killed Detective Sergeant Heckman, the other officer returned fire before the shooter fled the scene.

   The other suspect was arrested, later pleaded guilty to robbery and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The shooter was apprehended six months later in Atlanta, Georgia and extradited to Indiana. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On October 1, 1934, he was executed by electrocution.

   Detective Sergeant Heckman was survived by his wife, 1½- and 6-year-old sons and 3-year-old daughter.

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

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