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Officer Richard Rivers | Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana


Richard Rivers

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Monday, April 27, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 455

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Machine gun

Offender: Executed in 1938

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Officer Richard Rivers was shot and killed by members of the Brady Gang who had gone to a doctor's house to have a companion's gunshot wounds treated. Officers went to the home of the doctor in response to a report that a man at that address had suffered a gunshot wound. Officer Rivers was gunned down in a hail of machine-gun fire upon their arrival.

The gang members all fled the scene and two were captured a year later. Another suspect was convicted of bank robbery and the murder of Trooper Paul Minneman of the Indiana State Police on May 27, 1937, under federal law and sentenced to death. On November 18, 1938, he was executed by electrocution at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

Although never proven, the Brady Gang was also suspected of murdering Officer Frank Levy of the Anderson Police Department on November 25, 1935.

Officer Rivers had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for 13 years.

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Patrol Officer Frank M. Levy
Anderson Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Monday, November 25, 1935
Cause: Gunfire

Trooper Paul Vincent Minneman
Indiana State Police, Indiana
End of Watch: Thursday, May 27, 1937
Cause: Gunfire

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