Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal Andrew Dillon died from a gunshot wound he suffered six days earlier while dispersing a crowd.
He and a deputy marshal observed about 20 people, who had attended a festival and dance, creating a noisy disturbance. As the group walked westbound, they were warned repeatedly to disperse when the officers were attacked and beaten.
One subject wrestled Marshal Dillon's service weapon away from him, fired five shots into the crowd when one .38-caliber bullet struck him in the abdomen. The deputy marshal took Marshal Dillon to a nearby doctor where he initially improved but died six days later.
A 33-year-old suspect was arrested over a year later. He was subsequently convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison where he died in 1894.
Town Marshal Dillon was survived by his wife, two children and brother.
The responsibilities of the Haughville Town Marshal's Office (1883–1897) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.