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Deputy Sheriff Terry L. Baker | Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff

Terry L. Baker

Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, January 2, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years, 7 months

Badge # 564

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Terry Baker was shot and killed while responding to a robbery-in-progress call at a local store. Deputy Baker was off duty and not in uniform while working a part-time job when he responded while eating at a nearby restaurant.

When he walked into the store, it appeared to be vacant and as he was going to exit the rear of the building, his radio ''squelch-tailed.'' At that time one of the robbers confronted Deputy Baker and shot him in the head at close range.

When Deputy Gerald Morris, who was also off duty but working a security job in uniform, arrived at the front door of the store in a marked security car, he was confronted by the two robbery suspects and a gunbattle ensued. Deputy Morris wounded one of the suspects before retreating to his car to request backup. The second suspect exited the store and exchanged gunfire with Deputy Morris, resulting in both being fatally wounded.

The wounded suspect fled the scene, but was later apprehended out of state and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Baker had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for over 4½ years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Deputy Sheriff Gerald L. Morris
Marion County Sheriff's Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Friday, January 2, 1981
Cause: Gunfire

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Hi I'm Dave York I'm 58 years old I'm not a cop but I remember Deputy Baker
with all this killing of our heroes I think of him often. I was a young man working at a Rogers Standard (Amoco) service station at I 74 & Post rd. in 1981 worked there around 10 years off & on for Gordon. Johnny Collins Shell station was across the street and was the hang out, take a break place for all the Deputy in that Franklin Township, Wanamaker, Acton area they all had there own coffee cup hanging on the wall in the first bay. At that time I was one of those long hair Hippy types I drove a 1975 Mercury Cougar XR7 with a two tone interior dark brown & cream that matched the sheriffs car paint scheme. I saw and got to know about all the Deputies at one time or another they never failed to check on me but at the time Terry drove a Ford LTD 2 and always kidded me & had other Deputy buds going a long with this. To hand-cuff, throw my butt in a squad or hold me in the back room take the XR7 interior put it in his squad (in one of our bays) throw his out on the lot and claim it was a search ! and who would everyone believe ! Cut me loose they all leave ! I'm left to put that ugly reddish burgundy interior in my XR7 so I could drive the dam thing and before the Boss got there and on that midnight shift at that time I believed they just might do it !
Thin I heard what happened to Terry & Deputy Morris at the Bargain-Barrel in Castleton. It was bad he was a real good man and I have never forgot him. Be in peace Deputy Terry Baker

Just A man that remembered him
Marion County Citizen
July 23, 2016


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