Elmer R. Stephenson
Richmond Police Department
Saturday, July 8, 1916

Age: 30
Badge #:
Panel 25E, Line 9
Panel L13, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, July 7, 1916
11:50 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
930 North E Street, Richmond
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Paroled in 1954
Burial Place:
Earlham Cemetery, Richmond

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   Patrolman Elmer Stephenson and Patrolman George Little were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect for being intoxicated in public at the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot freight office.

   The officers were unaware that the suspect had just attempted to kill his boss. When the officers arrived they were both shot. Although mortally wounded, Patrolman Little and a railroad employee were able to subdue the suspect.

   Five days later the 35-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to two counts of murder. He was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 1954 and died two years later.

   Patrolman Stephenson was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents and brother.

Historical Note

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

Historic Place

The Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, at 930 North E Street in Richmond, was built in 1902 and is a contributing building within the Richmond Railroad Station Historic District, developed between 1853 and 1915, and roughly bounded by the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks, North Tenth Street, Elm Place, North D Street and Fort Wayne Avenue. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1987 and listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on July 23, 1987.

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