Detective Sergeant
Ambrose Banta
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department
Friday, October 21, 1927

Age: 55
Served: 4 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by train
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, October 21, 1927

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Big Four Railway crossing at North Belmont Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Marion
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:

Suspect Disposition:

Burial Place:
Mount Hope Cemetery, Covington

   Detective Sergeant Ambrose Banta was struck and killed by a train at the North Belmont Avenue crossing in Indianapolis.

   While walking along the tracks, a switch engine backed onto him, killing him instantly. His body was discovered only after several cars had been switched to a siding.

   Detective Sergeant Banta had previously served as sheriff in Fountain County after being elected to two terms. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, three brothers, two sisters and mother.


The responsibilities of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Police Department (1889–1930) are now under the jurisdiction of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.

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This officer has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death by the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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