Detective Sergeant
Carl Wilbur Heckman
Indianapolis Police Department
Saturday, January 3, 1931

Age: 28
Served: 1 years, 10 months
Badge #:
Panel 47W, Line 14
Panel L24, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, January 3, 1931
06:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3525 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Executed in 1934
• Sentenced to 15 years
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Detective Sergeant Carl Heckman was shot and killed while he and another officer were investigating a series of recent laundry truck robberies.

   Upon observing a parked laundry truck, they approached the two male occupants and a gunbattle erupted. After one subject shot Detective Sergeant Heckman in the head, killing him, the other officer returned fire before the shooter fled the scene.

   A 26-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene, later pleaded guilty to robbery and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

   The 31-year-old shooter was apprehended six months later in Atlanta, Georgia and extradited to Indiana. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On October 1, 1934, he was executed by electrocution at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

   Detective Sergeant Heckman was survived by his wife, 1½- and 6-year-old sons and 3-year-old daughter.

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