Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrol Officer Leonard Clay was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress at a gas station near 25th and Locust streets.
He chased the suspect several blocks before being shot four times. Officer Clay was taken to St. John's Hospital in Anderson where he died.
Both suspects were captured a few hours later and were responsible for burglaries and robberies in Indiana and Ohio, including a home in Tiffin in which $4,500 was taken.
The 33-year-old shooter, who had been shot and wounded by Officer Clay, was charged with first-degree murder. He died by suicide nine days later by hanging himself with a necktie in the Madison County Jail.
A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty to auto banditry and sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison.
Patrol Officer Clay was survived by his wife, father, three brothers and three sisters.
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