Elsworth Elmer Anderson
Indianapolis Police Department
Saturday, January 16, 1915

Age: 28
Served: 2 years, 8 months
Badge #: 54
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, January 14, 1915

Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
1531 Yandes Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Officer Elmer Anderson was accidentally shot by his partner when the two officers were attacked by a vicious dog in a neighborhood.

   The officers responded to a call of a dog that had bitten a 13-year-old boy in his front yard. Upon their arrival, the dog darted at the officers as they got off their motorcycles.

   When the dog got between them, Officer Anderson jumped aside at the same time his partner fired a shot towards the dog. The round struck Officer Anderson in the back and passed through his stomach.

   He was taken to City Hospital where he died two days later in the early morning. The coroner ruled his death accidental and exonerated his partner of blame in the incident.

   Officer Anderson was survived by his wife and 4-year-old daughter.

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