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Trooper William Raymond Dixon | Indiana State Police, Indiana Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper

William Raymond Dixon

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 28, 1938

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years, 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/26/1938

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One executed, one shot and killed

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Trooper William Dixon died two days after being shot when he stopped to assist a disabled vehicle in LaPorte County.

While Trooper Dixon was transporting a traffic violator from an accident scene to the county jail, he came upon a disabled vehicle on Fail Road, one-half mile south of U.S. 20. As he exited his squad and approached the vehicle to ask if they needed assistance, one of the two men who were both members of the Easton Gang, opened fire and struck Trooper Dixon in the hand. As he attempted to draw his gun, the suspect continued shooting at him several times.

When two LaPorte County deputies saw a vehicle and the trooper's squad, they thought it was the accident scene they had also been dispatched to, but were met by the two suspects and kidnapped at gunpoint in their squad car. The traffic violator, who was left behind at the scene, drove Trooper Dixon to Holy Family Hospital in LaPorte where he died two days later from his injuries.

The suspects released the two deputies on U.S. 41 near Cedar Lake in Lake County before fleeing into Illinois where they later were engaged in a gunbattle with police in Kankakee County. One suspect was killed and the other, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was wounded. He was extradited, convicted of murder and kidnapping, and sentenced to death. On June 3, 1939, he was executed by electrocution.

Trooper Dixon had served with the Indiana State Police for over 2½ years and was assigned to the Dunes Park post. He was survived by his fiancée, parents and sister.

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As a 8 year old boy living in LaPorte Indiana I saw a scene that I never want to see again. It was Trooper Dixon being rushed to the hospital after being shot. He was covered with blood with his head against the passenger side window. We was living on East Lincoln Way in LaPorte and as we was playing outside we heard the siren coming so we rushed to the street and saw the troopers car go by. My parents had a radio that you could pick up the Low Band Police Radio calls on and we was able to follow a lot of the chase on it. One thing that I missed was about the Newsman that was suppose to have been with Trooper Dixon.

Major Glenn E. Wison
Retiired Kokomo Ind. Police Dept.
June 19, 2016

 

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