Sheriff
William D. Mull
Parke County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, April 25, 1896

Age: 57
Served: 1 year, 5 months
Badge #:
Panel 39E, Line 24
Panel L13, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, April 25, 1896
01:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
128 West Ohio Street, Rockville
Incident County:
Parke
Incident Township:
Adams
Weapon Used:
Shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Rockville Cemetery, Rockville

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   Sheriff William Mull and Deputy William Sweem were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject who had just killed the family who lived next door to him.

   The subject killed a 38-year-old female neighbor with an axe, then shot and killed her 8-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter before walking toward the town square.

   Sheriff Mull and Deputy Sweem located the man near the Old National Bank and confronted him. The suspect then shot and killed both officers before fleeing the scene.

   The 21-year-old man later died by suicide when he was surrounded by a posse after he fled to the county fairgrounds north of town.

   Sheriff Mull, a Republican from Rockville, was a physician and surgeon, and in the second year of his two-year term in office as the 23rd sheriff of Parke County. He was survived by his son, daughter, four brothers and three sisters.


Military Service


United States Army
Civil War (Union)
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) ▪ 1863–1865

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 24 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

Historic Place


The Rockville Historic District consists of 214 contributing properties developed between 1826 to 1942 and is roughly bounded by Howard, Jefferson, High and College streets. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 27, 1993 and was listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on April 14, 1993.



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