Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman John Pfaffenberger died from gunshot wounds he suffered two days earlier while attempting to arrest three suspects who had stolen gas from a service station on U.S. 50. He had setup a roadblock at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 31 to stop the vehicle. When the suspects encountered the roadblock they opened fire on the officer, mortally wounding him.
The suspects fled the scene and later in the day shot Deputy Harold Amick, of the Scott County Sheriff's Department, who died from his wounds the following day.
Three suspects were apprehended and convicted of first-degree murder. Two offenders, ages 20 and 25, were sentenced to life in prison but one was paroled in June 1950 and died a month later. The 22-year-old shooter was sentenced to death and on October 9, 1934, he was executed by electrocution.
Patrolman Pfaffenberger was survived by his wife.