Chief of Police
Troy 'Zeke' Clevenger
Winchester Police Department
Saturday, April 25, 1931

Age: 28
Badge #:
Panel 10W, Line 14
Panel L15, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, April 25, 1931
07:40 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
101 South Main Street, Winchester
Incident County:
Incident Township:
White River
Weapon Used:
.38-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Killed by police
• Paroled in 1944
Burial Place:
Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester

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   Chief of Police Troy Clevenger was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men wanted for auto theft in Ohio and armed robbery of the Hartzler's grocery store in Richmond.

   As he approached the suspect's stolen vehicle at an intersection, the 32-year-old passenger opened fire and struck him in the abdomen. Despite being mortally wounded, he was able to return fire, killing him.

   Chief Clevenger collapsed on the steps of the Hirch Building and was transported by a citizen, who was in a vehicle behind where the suspects were stopped, to a local hospital where he died from his wound an hour later.

   The 33-year-old driver fled the scene and was captured two days later in Muncie. He was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 1944.

   Chief of Police Clevenger was survived by his wife, 7-year-old son, mother, three sisters and brother.

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The Winchester Courthouse Square Historic District consists of 52 contributing buildings dating to 1875 and is roughly bounded by Pearl, Franklin, East and Meridian streets. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 9, 2001 and listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on January 17, 2001.

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