Ray Whobrey
Indianapolis Police Department
Friday, April 24, 1953

Age: 38
Served: 9 years
Badge #: 657
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, April 23, 1953
11:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
359 West Ray Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
12-gauge shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Shot and killed
• Shot and killed
Burial Place:
Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis

   Sergeant Ray Whobrey was shot and killed after he and two other officers stopped two suspects in a vehicle who were wanted for the earlier robbery of a pharmacy.

   As he approached the car, the passenger opened fire on Sergeant Whobrey with a sawed-off shotgun at point-blank range. He was taken to General Hospital where he died.

   The other officers returned fire, killing both the passenger, a 23-year-old parolee, and the 27-year-old driver.

   Sergeant Whobrey was survived by his wife, 7- and 13-year-old daughters and a brother, who also served as an officer with the department.

The responsibilities of the Indianapolis Police Department (1854–2006) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

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