Town Marshal
John Medley Whisman
Charlestown Police Department
Thursday, October 1, 1936

Age: 46
Served: 3 years
Badge #:
Not Included
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, September 19, 1936
04:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
12 days
Incident Location:
New Market Road
Incident County:
Clark
Incident Township:
Charlestown
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Disposition:
• Acquitted
• Charged
Burial Place:
Charlestown Cemetery, Charlestown

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   Town Marshal John Whisman died from gunshot wounds he suffered 12 days earlier after attempting to arrest a man for being intoxicated.

   An altercation occurred during the arrest at the residence in which Marshal Whisman shot the subject in the arm while attempting to remove him from an automobile.

   A struggle for the man's revolver ensued when his wife shot Marshal Whisman through the jaw that removed four teeth and part of his tongue.

   He was taken to Clark County Memorial Hospital where he remained until he died 12 days later from his injuries.

   The 36-year-old wife was charged with second-degree murder and acquitted by a jury after claiming self defense to protect their two children.

   Her 41-year-old husband was charged with assault with intent to kill.

   Town Marshal Whisman was survived by his wife, two sons, daughter and brother who served as an officer with the Louisville Police Department in Kentucky.

Military Service


United States Army
World War I

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This officer, discovered in 2022, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Charlestown Police Department.

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