Anthony Charles 'Toney' Hellis
Muncie Police Department
Sunday, September 30, 1923

Age: 25
Served: 2 years
Badge #:
Panel 27E, Line 27 (2011)
Panel L31, Line 13 (2010)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, September 30, 1923
12:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
714 South Monroe Street, Muncie
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.32-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie

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   Patrolman Anthony Hellis was shot and killed after he and two other officers responded to a domestic disturbance in which a husband was beating his wife.

   When they arrived at the residence, the husband fled on foot and was pursued. As the man suddenly turned in an alley and fired, Patrolman Hellis was struck twice in the heart.

   He was transported to Home Hospital where he died shortly after his arrival.

   The 46-year-old suspect remained at large despite a $1,500 reward until he returned to his estranged wife's home in the early morning hours four days later.

   He was found by a newspaper carrier on the front porch with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the same revolver used to kill Patrolman Hellis was near his body.

   Patrolman Hellis was survived by his wife, and 1- and 3-year-old sons.

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