Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal Perry Haviland was shot and killed with his own weapon while struggling with a burglary suspect in an alley behind the Crist Jewelry store.
The man, who was on parole for four months upon being released on a three- to five-year sentence for second-degree burglary, shot Marshal Haviland three times after beating him with his nightclub and flashlight before fleeing.
His identity was known as a result of a license plate that Marshal Haviland had written down when he pulled his patrol car behind the suspect's vehicle.
The 25-year-old suspect surrendered three days later to police in El Paso, Texas and was extradited. He subsequently pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
Town Marshal Haviland was survived by his wife, son, three daughters and six grandchildren.
• Town Marshal Haviland is the third-oldest known officer killed in the line of duty in Indiana.