Officer Edward J. Petticord

Officer Edward J. Petticord

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, October 2, 1906

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Edward J. Petticord

Officer Edward Petticord and Officer Charles Russell were shot near 24th Street and Indianapolis Avenue after the officers stopped two men for questioning. Both officers were rushed to a local hospital where Officer Russell died a short time later and Officer Petticord succumbed to his wounds two days later.

One of the suspects was apprehended the next day and subsequently convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On February 8, 1907, he was the last person to be executed by hanging in the state before the method was replaced by electrocution. The second suspect was shot and killed on August 25, 1908, during a shootout with the sheriff and deputies of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department in Kentucky.

Officer Petticord had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for five years. He was survived by two sisters and a brother.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 30, 1906
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One executed, one shot and killed

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