Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

Patrolman Walter Garrison | Rushville Police Department, Indiana Rushville Police Department, Indiana


Walter Garrison

Rushville Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 3, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 1 year, 1 month

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Died in prison

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

Patrolman Walter Garrison was shot and killed when he and the police chief were called to assist a disabled motorist near Circleville.

At 8:30 pm, the officers responded to a residence whose owner had reported a vehicle was stuck in the mud at his driveway's entrance. While being questioned, the driver entered his vehicle on the pretense he was retrieving a jack, but displayed an automatic pistol. He fired three times, striking Patrolman Garrison in the heart and right side of his chest before he fell into a nearby ditch and died. As the suspect fled the scene, the police chief was unable to return fire because the home's residents were present.

The officers were unaware that the 19-year-old suspect had stolen the vehicle in Indianapolis the day before and had committed an armed robbery of a grocery store in Brookville that evening. After an intense search by authorities and local citizens, the suspect was captured the following morning in the area and confessed to these crimes. He also confessed to shooting at an Indianapolis police officer and committing some 30 armed robberies in Indiana, West Virginia and Cincinnati, Ohio, during his six-month crime spree. On February 14, 1931, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, where he later died.

Patrolman Garrison had served with the Rushville Police Department for 13 months and was a US Army veteran of World War I. He was survived by his 7-year-old son, two brothers and a half-sister.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 5 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection


Monica Zahasky
February 3, 2017


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths