Russell Maxwell Baldwin
Crawfordsville Police Department
Tuesday, August 27, 1974

Age: 44
Served: 12 years
Badge #:
Panel 41W, Line 3
Panel L30, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, August 27, 1974
09:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
300 block of Lafayette Avenue, Crawfordsville
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died in prison
Burial Place:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville

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   Lieutenant Russell Baldwin was shot and killed after stopping a man who had just robbed the Grab-It-Here grocery store of $240.

   During the traffic stop both men exited their vehicles and spoke for a few moments before the suspect produced a gun and shot Lieutenant Baldwin in the chest. He was transported to Culver Union Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

   The 31-year-old suspect fled the scene and was pursued when he collided with a vehicle on Interstate 74 near State Road 32 but fled the scene on foot. Two days later, he was apprehended near Lizton after a truck driver noticed a hitchhiker matching the suspect's description had been picked up by a motorist and reported it to authorities.

   He was later convicted and sentenced to death for first-degree murder, life in prison for felony murder and 20 years for commission of a felony while armed. Upon appeal, his death sentence was vacated and re-sentenced to life in prison where he died in 2009.

   Lieutenant Baldwin was survived by his wife, son, daughter, four brothers and two sisters.

Military Service

United States Army
Korean War
Corporal (CPL) ▪ 1948–1952

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