Eugene Orville Teague
Indiana State Police
Wednesday, December 20, 1933

Age: 24
Served: 6 months
Badge #:
Panel 45E, Line 15
Panel L33, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, December 20, 1933
11:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
118 East Court Street, Paris, Illinois
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Trooper Eugene Teague was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a member of the Dillinger Gang after receiving a tip that he would be at the France Hotel in Paris, Illinois.

   Upon the arrival of the 28-year-old male and two female accomplices, ages 24 and 28, Trooper Teague struck their vehicle with his patrol car from where he was parked nearby.

   As the suspects attempted to flee in their vehicle, a gunbattle ensued with officers. Trooper Teague was accidentally struck in the back of the head by crossfire from another trooper's revolver and died a short time later.

   The man, who had been serving a 25-year sentence for auto banditry from Vigo County, escaped from the Indiana State Prison on September 26 with nine other inmates. The fugitive was taken into custody, returned to prison and released in 1946.

   Trooper Teague, from Indianapolis, was assigned to General Headquarters. He was survived by his parents.

Historical Notes

• Trooper Teague is one of eight Indiana line of duty death incidents that occurred in another state.
• The Dillinger Gang were involved in the line of duty deaths of five Indiana officers:
East Chicago Patrolman William Patrick O'Malley – January 15, 1934
East Chicago Patrolman Francis Lloyd Mulvihill – May 24, 1934
East Chicago Patrolman Martin J. O'Brien – May 24, 1934
South Bend Patrolman Howard C. Wagner – June 30, 1934

Historic Place

The France Hotel, at 118 East Court Street in Paris, was built in 1924 to replace the old Paris Hotel, which was destroyed in a fire in 1918. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 3, 1987.

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