Captain
Charles William Arman
Lafayette Police Department
Tuesday, November 1, 1927

Age: 41
Served: 8 years
Badge #:
Panel 51W, Line 1
Panel L15, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, November 1, 1927
09:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
125 North 4th Street, Lafayette
Incident County:
Tippecanoe
Incident Township:
Fairfield
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Paroled in 1969
• Died by suicide
• Shot and killed (2)
Burial Place:
Saint Boniface Cemetery, Lafayette

   Captain Charles Arman was shot and killed after responding to a bank robbery.

   As he entered the Tippecanoe Loan and Trust Company in plainclothes, he was shot three times, one shot striking him in the face and died of his wounds at the scene.

   The six male suspects escaped with $831 in a stolen car with Iowa license plates.

   Of the two suspects who were later identified, a 25-year-old offender escaped from prison in 1933 while serving a 25-year sentence but was paroled in 1969.

   A 68-year-old suspect died by suicide near Sidell, Illinois in which two other men, ages 37 and 44, suspected in the shooting of Captain Arman were also killed.

   Of the remaining two suspects, one was recaptured three days after the same prison escape while another was killed by police during their recapture.

   Members of this group were also responsible for the robbery of the Citizens State Bank in Clinton on December 16, 1930 in which Special Deputy Sheriff Joseph Walker of the Vermillion County Sheriff's Department was killed in the line of duty.

   Captain Arman was survived by his wife.

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United States Army
World War I


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