Town Marshal
Robert S. Walker
Montgomery Town Marshal's Office
Tuesday, February 27, 1912

Age: 49
Served: 1 year
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, February 26, 1912
09:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
400 block of Main Street, Montgomery
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Paroled in 1914
• Charges dismissed
Burial Place:
Bethany Cemetery, Washington

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   Town Marshal Robert Walker was shot and killed while investigating the removal of a patron from a pool hall.

   After the patron was removed to the street outside the establishment, Marshal Walker entered the pool room. He was met by the intoxicated proprietor who began arguing with him as he held him down on a pool table.

   The son of the proprietor gained control over Marshal Walker's .32-caliber revolver and shot him in the head.

   Marshal Walker was taken to his home where he died from his wound the following morning without regaining consciousness.

   Both suspects were indicted for first-degree murder. The 18-year-old son was convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to two to 21 years in prison and paroled in 1914. The charges against the 50-year-old father were later dismissed.

   Town Marshal Walker was survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, three brothers and two sisters.

Historical Note

Town marshals were elected to unlimited, two-year terms until 1917 when state law was amended to require they be appointed to office by the trustees of the town board.

The responsibilities of the Montgomery Town Marshal's Office are now under the jurisdiction of the Daviess County Sheriff's Department.

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This officer, discovered in 2020, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Daviess County Sheriff's Department.

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