Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Sergeant Orville Quinnette died more than a week after being shot while attempting to locate a homicide suspect.
He and his partner went to the Hazel Dell Apartments after receiving a tip that a man who killed Patrol Officer Frank Levy of the Anderson Police Department was living there.
As they attempted to gain entry into his room, shots were fired by two subjects inside and a gunbattle ensued. Sergeant Quinnette was shot five times and his partner once before both wounded suspects fled the building.
Sergeant Quinnette was transported to City Hospital where he died 11 days later.
The suspects, who stole a car at gunpoint during their escape, were captured near Milroy at the home of a paroled convict and were later sentenced to life in prison.
Over a year earlier, the suspects had escaped from the Indiana State Prison Farm while they both were serving 10-year terms for robbery.
Sergeant Quinnette was survived by his wife, mother, sister and two brothers.
The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.