James D. Hagerty
Indianapolis Police Department
Friday, June 23, 1916

Age: 48
Served: 18 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Panel 41W, Line 7
Panel L12, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, June 23, 1916
08:45 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Eagle Creek near Standard Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Paroled in 1944
Burial Place:
Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Lieutenant James Hagerty was shot and killed by a theft suspect who had an earlier encounter with another officer.

   The other officer was investigating a subject who had reportedly stolen vehicle tires and chased him to the rear of a home on South Tremont Street. A struggle ensued and the suspect fled the scene with that officer's service revolver.

   A short time later, the 30-year-old suspect was found hiding in weeds near Standard Avenue at the east bank of Eagle Creek when he shot at Lieutenant Hagerty. His second shot struck him in the abdomen and heart, killing him instantly.

   A citizen confronted the suspect a short distance away and held him until officers arrived. The man was later found guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison and paroled in 1944.

   Lieutenant Hagerty was widowed and survived by his sister.

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