Orville E. Quinnette
Indianapolis Police Department
Wednesday, December 18, 1935

Age: 33
Served: 5 years, 4 months
Badge #: 408
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, December 7, 1935

Incident to Death Duration:
11 days
Incident Location:
12th Street and Park Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
• Sentenced to life
• Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Sergeant Orville Quinnette died more than a week after being shot while attempting to locate a homicide suspect.

   He and his partner went to the Hazel Dell Apartments after receiving a tip that a man who killed Patrol Officer Frank Levy of the Anderson Police Department was living there.

   As they attempted to gain entry into his room, shots were fired by two subjects inside and a gunbattle ensued. Sergeant Quinnette was shot five times and his partner once before both wounded suspects fled the building.

   Sergeant Quinnette was transported to City Hospital where he died 11 days later.

   The suspects stole a car at gunpoint during their escape but were captured near Milroy at the home of a paroled convict. They both were later sentenced to life in prison.

   Over a year earlier, the 25- and 28-year-old men had escaped from the Indiana State Prison Farm while they both were serving 10-year terms for robbery.

   Sergeant Quinnette was survived by his wife, mother, sister and two brothers.

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