Patrolman Jack William Rainier, Sr.

Patrolman Jack William Rainier, Sr.

Henderson Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Monday, November 21, 1955

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Jack William Rainier, Sr.

Patrolman Jack Rainier was shot and killed by one of two men as he investigated their presence on a used car lot shortly after midnight.

He was found with the driver's license of one of the suspects in his hand. One of the suspects was arrested a short time later at the Henderson bus station. Later in the day the other suspect was captured near Jonesboro, Arkansas, in a stolen truck.

Both suspects, ages 18 and 19, were wanted in Fort Branch, Indiana, where they robbed a filling station and shot at state police as they ran through a road block the previous night. The 19-year-old gunman was sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Patrolman Rainier was a Korean War veteran.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 39
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentence commuted to life

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