Edward J. Petticord
Indianapolis Police Department
Tuesday, October 2, 1906

Age: 37
Served: 5 years
Badge #:
Panel 28W, Line 6
Panel L21, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, September 30, 1906
08:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
24th Street and Indianapolis Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Executed in 1907
• Killed by police
Burial Place:
Founders Cemetery, Indianapolis
(unmarked grave)

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   Officer Edward Petticord and Officer Charles Russell were shot while searching for subjects who had been involved in a drunken fight.

   As the officers stopped two subjects for questioning, one man shot Officer Russell at close range and the other man shot Officer Petticord in the back before they escaped.

   The officers were rushed to City Hospital where Officer Russell died early the following day and Officer Petticord died from the wounds he suffered two days later.

   The 28-year-old suspect who killed Officer Petticord was arrested the next day and was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

   On February 8, 1907 at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, he was the last person to be executed by hanging in the state before electrocution became the method.

   The 36-year-old suspect who killed Officer Russell was shot and killed on August 25, 1908, during a shootout with the Monroe County sheriff and his deputies near Martinsburg, Kentucky.

   Officer Petticord was single and survived by his brother and two sisters.

Historical Note

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

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