Louis Leroy Shirley
New York Central Railroad Police Department
Saturday, April 14, 1923

Age: 28
Served: 3 years
Badge #:
Panel 22E, Line 24

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, April 14, 1923
05:25 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
New York Central rail yards, Elkhart
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 2 to 21 years
Burial Place:
Rice Cemetery, Elkhart

   Detective Louis Shirley was shot and killed while patrolling the New York Central rail yards in downtown Elkhart.

   He was shot in the back twice when he interrupted the burglary of railroad cars near the passenger terminal. Detective Shirley had voluntarily started his shift 30 minutes early but was shot only 23 minutes later.

   Detective Shirley was transported to Elkhart General Hospital where he died.

   A 24-year-old suspect was arrested, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to the maximum two to 21 years in prison. The suspect was later sentenced to life in prison after a conviction of being a habitual offender.

   Detective Shirley had received several citations for bravery while in the armed forces. He was single and survived by his widowed mother.

Military Service

United States Army
World War I

The responsibilities of the New York Central Railroad Police Department (1853–1968) are now under the jurisdiction of the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department.

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