Thomas R. Graham
Indianapolis Police Department
Tuesday, October 12, 1965

Age: 39
Served: 9 years
Badge #: 635
Panel 55W, Line 11
Panel L21, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, October 12, 1965
07:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
50 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life
Burial Place:
New Crown Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Officer Thomas Graham was shot and killed with his own service weapon after a burglary suspect gained control of his revolver.

   The prisoner was being transported from the scene of a north side business burglary to police headquarters. When they approached the prisoners' elevator in the basement, a physical struggle ensued between the two and Officer Graham was shot in the head.

   He was transported to General Hospital where he died nearly three hours later.

   The 28-year-old suspect fled the scene but was apprehended two days later after police received a tip on where he was hiding. He was arrested on a warrant for murder and initially found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

   Four years later, he was sentenced to life in prison which was reversed. In a new trial he was again found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

   Officer Graham was survived by his wife.

Military Service

United States Navy
World War II


Bronze Star Medal (5)
World War II Victory Medal

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