Deputy Constable
William Franklin Carey
Carmel Police Department
Friday, June 8, 1900

Age: 32
Served: 1 day
Badge #:
Panel 7E, Line 15
Panel L27, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, June 8, 1900
06:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
100 block of West Main Cross Street, Carmel
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.32-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Old Carmel Cemetery, Carmel

   Deputy Constable William Carey was shot and killed by a traveling evangelist known as Thomas "Cyclone" Johnson from Kentucky.

   The 32-year-old reverend had a history of assaulting people who disagreed with his preaching and had done so against a man the night before. Deputy Constable Carey, who was unarmed and sworn in that day, and his cousin, who was also a deputy constable, arrested the subject for assault and battery.

   They escorted him to the Jackson & Jeffries livery barn for arraignment. As a crowd of people gathered, the suspect produced a revolver and shot Deputy Constable Carey. He was struck twice in the neck, hitting his jugular vein and died within a few minutes. An unknown citizen returned fire and killed the suspect.

   Deputy Constable Carey was survived by his wife and three children, two being six-month-old twin sons, two brothers and parents.

Historical Note

• Deputy Constable Carey is one of four known officers killed in the line of duty in Indiana who served only one day.

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