Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Chief of Detectives William Dwyer was shot and killed during a shootout in the Vigo County Courthouse.
A defendant who had just been convicted of dynamiting three stores in Sandford produced a gun and began firing, killing Chief of Detectives Dwyer and wounding three others. Other officers returned fire wounding the suspect.
The suspect had dynamited the three businesses because the owners had exposed his illegal drinking establishment. His conviction came as a result of Chief of Detectives Dwyer's testimony.
He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two to 21 years in prison.
The Vigo County Courthouse, at 33 South 3rd Street in Terre Haute, was completed in 1888. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 30, 1983 and listed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures on April 20, 1983.