George Edward Stillman
Mitchell Police Department
Tuesday, September 7, 1965

Age: 43
Served: 9 years
Badge #:
Panel 52W, Line 3
Panel L17, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, September 1, 1965
01:20 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
6 days
Incident Location:
131 East Warren Street, Mitchell
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
16-gauge shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Mitchell City Cemetery, Mitchell

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   Officer George Stillman died from shotgun wounds he suffered six days earlier when he responded to a domestic disturbance.

   Upon his arrival at the home of the 67-year-old estranged wife, Officer Stillman was shot in the stomach with a shotgun by the husband who had already killed her. The couple had attended a court hearing on their divorce proceedings earlier in the day.

   The man had also shot and wounded his 26-year-old stepdaughter and had fired at a vehicle occupied by small children.

   Officer Stillman was taken to Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford where he died from his wounds six days later.

   The 89-year-old suspect was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the barn on his son's farm nearby.

   Officer Stillman was survived by his wife.

Historical Note

• The 89-year-old offender is the oldest known to be involved in a line of duty death in Indiana.

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