Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Major Paul Ernst was killed in a single-vehicle accident while on duty.
He and another motorcycle officer had just escorted the Richmond High School boys basketball team to Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University for the evening semi-state tournament.
They were returning from their assignment when Mayor Ernst lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. He was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he died.
Major Ernst was second in command of the Law Enforcement Division and survived by his wife and daughter.
Sagamore of the Wabash
In 1991, Major Ernst received the distinguished award from Governor Evan Bayh.
The responsibilities of the Marion County Sheriff's Department – Law Enforcement Division (1822–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.