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Trooper Paul Vincent Minneman | Indiana State Police, Indiana Indiana State Police, Indiana

Trooper

Paul Vincent Minneman

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, May 27, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 1 year, 8 months

Badge # 47

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/25/1937

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Suspect: Executed in 1938

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Trooper Paul Minneman was shot and killed while searching for members of the Brady Gang, wanted in connection with the armed robbery of the Goodland State Bank in Newton County and previously for the murders of two other police officers.

Trooper Minneman and a Cass County deputy sheriff were parked on the side of a road when a car passed and shots were fired at them. The two officers gave chase and lost sight of the vehicle. As the officers stepped out of their vehicle at a small rural church in White County to look for tire tracks, they were met by automatic rifle fire by the hiding suspects, striking both officers. Trooper Minneman was shot over 20 times and succumbed to his wounds two days later. Although seriously wounded, the deputy survived.

In October, two of the suspects were shot and killed in a shootout in Bangor, Maine. The third suspect was captured and convicted of murder and bank robbery under federal law and sentenced to death. On November 18, 1938, he was executed by electrocution at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

The Brady Gang was also responsible for the murder of Officer Richard Rivers of the Indianapolis Police Department on April 27, 1936. Although never proven, they were also suspected of murdering Officer Frank Levy of the Anderson Police Department on November 25, 1935.

Trooper Minneman had served with the Indiana State Police for over 1½ years and was assigned to the Lafayette post. He was survived by his wife, unborn daughter, sisters and parents. In 1987, Trooper Minneman was posthumously awarded the agency's Gold Star Award for Valor for his extraordinary heroism.

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

Officer Richard Rivers
Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana
End of Watch: Monday, April 27, 1936
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace, Trooper Minneman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
March 13, 2013

 

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