Town Marshal
John Mathew Ingermann
Cambridge City Police Department
Monday, August 26, 1929

Age: 70
Served: 8 months
Badge #:
Panel 54W, Line 25
Panel L7, Line 11 (2007)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, August 21, 1929
01:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
5 days
Incident Location:
27 West Main Street, Cambridge City
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Paroled in 1943
Burial Place:
Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City

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   Town Marshal John Ingermann died from a wound suffered five days earlier after being shot by a suspect during a burglary.

   He and the owner of Miller's Cigar Store and Pool Room had received information that his business was going to be burglarized. When a subject failed to gain entry through the rear door while Marshal Ingermann and the owner waited inside, he broke out a window.

   Once the man entered, a gunbattle ensued but the owner's gun jammed and Marshal Ingermann was shot once in the throat. He was able to return fire, striking the suspect three times as the burglar emptied his revolver. The owner then began struggling with the man but was severely beaten with billiard balls before he escaped.

   Marshal Ingermann died five days later at Fayette County Hospital in Connersville.

   The 26-year-old suspect was captured by authorities in Denver, Colorado, a month later and extradited to Indiana to face charges of first-degree murder and burglary. He was later sentenced to life in prison and paroled in 1943.

   Town Marshal Ingermann was survived by his wife, daughter and three sons.

Historic Place

The Knights of Pythias Lodge Building, at 27 West Main Street in Cambridge City, was built in 1899 and is a contributing building within the Cambridge City Historic District, which is roughly bounded by Maple, Fourth, Boundary and High streets. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1991 and listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on April 17, 1991.

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