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
09:10 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:
• Shot and killed (2)
• Died by suicide
• Paroled in 1950
• Paroled in 1952
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 five male suspects escaped with $831 in a stolen car with Iowa license plates.

   After another bank robbery three years later, a 37- and 47-year-old man were killed and a 65-year-old suspect died by suicide while being pursued by police near Sidell, Illinois.

   Two other suspects were apprehended, charged and later sentenced to life in prison for bank robbery. They both escaped from the Indiana State Prison in 1933 with eight other inmates but were subsequently recaptured.

   The 23-year-old offender was granted parole by the governor in 1952 while the 25-year-old offender was granted parole by the governor in 1950.

   Members of this group were 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.

   The group of men were also suspected of robbing the Farmers State Bank in Frankfort of $140,000 on December 3, 1930.

   Captain Arman was survived by his wife.

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