Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Private Elton Hendrix was accidentally shot and killed during a riot at the United States Disciplinary Barracks Midwestern Branch at Fort Benjamin Harrison.
Military prisoners began to riot, setting fire to an infirmary and a barracks before winds spread the fire burning nine other barracks causing over $100,000 in damage.
When tower guards began firing warning shots into the ground, Private Hendrix was accidentally struck in the abdomen. He died en route to Billings General Hospital.
Fireman Everett L. Jackson, 49, of the Indianapolis Fire Department died of asphyxiation from smoke inhalation while battling the fires.
Of the 2,273 soldiers being held for serious offenses including murder, arson and rape, about 1,900 participated in the rioting of whom five were later charged under military law.
Two soldiers were acquitted and of the three who were found guilty and court-martialed, two were sentenced to seven years, and one was sentenced to five years, at hard labor.
Private Hendrix, from Paducah, Kentucky, was assigned as a guard attached to a military police battalion while serving with the 1530th Service Command Unit. He was survived by his parents, half sister and two half brothers.
United States Army
• Private Hendrix is the youngest known officer killed in the line of duty in Indiana.
Fireman Everett Lee Jackson