Detective
Dexter B. Snow
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department
Sunday, May 27, 1956

Age: 44
Served: 14 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, May 27, 1956
12:50 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Rail yards west of North Vernon
Incident County:
Jennings
Incident Township:
Center
Weapon Used:
.22-caliber rifle
Suspect Info:
Committed suicide
Burial Location:
Huron Cemetery, Lawrence County

   Detective Dexter Snow was shot and killed in the rail yards about one mile west of North Vernon.

   He was investigating a report of a man loading scrap iron into a pickup truck when he was shot in the head by a subject who then fled the scene. Detective Snow was found by a railroad employee and contacted police who found the pickup truck parked at the subject's residence.

   The 31-year-old suspect had barricaded himself inside armed with a rifle, a shotgun and the officer's .38-caliber pistol. After nearly 90 minutes of negotiations with officers who surrounded the house, he committed suicide with the same rifle he used to kill Detective Snow.

   Detective Snow was survived by his wife, son, five brothers, three sisters and parents.


The responsibilities of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Police Department (1828–1987) are now under the jurisdiction of the CSX Transportation Railroad Police Department.