Town Marshal
John Lee Newkirk
Judson Town Marshal's Office
Thursday, May 21, 1896

Age: 36
Served: 4 months
Badge #:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, May 20, 1896
08:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
Near Logansport, Crawfordsville and Southwestern Railroad Depot, Judson
Incident County:
Parke
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:
Shotgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Sentenced to 21 years
• Sentenced to 3 years
Burial Place:
Mount Moriah Cemetery, Hollandsburg

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   Town Marshal John Newkirk was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a subject for assaulting a juvenile.

   An intoxicated man and his companions were creating a disturbance. When a juvenile asked them to stop, he was assaulted and sought the assistance of Marshal Newkirk.

   While searching for the subjects, two men confronted Marshal Newkirk near the railroad depot when he was shot in his left chest and died the following day.

   A 36-year-old man was found several hours later nearly drowned in the Little Raccoon Creek. He was subsequently found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in a change of venue to Fountain County and sentenced to 21 years in prison.

   His 30-year-old companion was convicted of complicity to murder in a change of venue to Fountain County and he was sentenced to three years in prison.

   Marshal Newkirk was survived by his wife, son and parents.


The responsibilities of the Judson Town Marshal's Office (18991994) are now under the jurisdiction of the Parke County Sheriff's Department.

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This officer, discovered in 2021, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Parke County Sheriff's Department.

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