Deputy Sheriff Terry L. Baker

Deputy Sheriff Terry L. Baker

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, January 2, 1981

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Terry L. Baker

Deputy Terry Baker was shot and killed while responding to a robbery-in-progress call at a local store. Deputy Baker was off duty and not in uniform while working a part-time job when he responded while eating at a nearby restaurant.

When he walked into the store, it appeared to be vacant and as he was going to exit the rear of the building, his radio ''squelch-tailed.'' At that time one of the robbers confronted Deputy Baker and shot him in the head at close range.

When Deputy Gerald Morris, who was also off duty but working a security job in uniform, arrived at the front door of the store in a marked security car, he was confronted by the two robbery suspects and a gunbattle ensued. Deputy Morris wounded one of the suspects before retreating to his car to request backup. The second suspect exited the store and exchanged gunfire with Deputy Morris, resulting in both being fatally wounded.

The wounded suspect fled the scene, but was later apprehended out of state and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Baker had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for over 4½ years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years, 7 months
  • Badge 564

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

off-duty, robbery in progress

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2 Days ago…. On Jan 2,2023….. Marked 42 years….. That My Brother…Deputy Sheriff Terry L. Baker….. Was Murdered…. In a Retail Store Hold up… I was 14…. His Son was 2…. We are all that is left of our Immediate Family… I am 56…. He is 44…. I am a Mother of 5…. And Grandmother of 6…. He is a Father of 3…. And a Grandfather of 1….. I Know that Terry is very Proud of the Amazing job that his Widow did of raising there son….. I personally witnessed her being an Amazing Mother….. while severely suffering from MS…. That eventually took her life too young….My Brother through his Heroic Actions has led a legacy in our Family… His Son Served in the United States Army…. And was chosen to serve in The Presidential Honor Guard…. During the Bush Administration….Because of 9/11 My Son In 2006 Went into the Army… 82nd Airborne…. And in May of 2010 Securing an Afghani Village one morning after an Airstrike the night before….. My Son stepped on a detonator bomb… that was hooked to a daisy chain of 25 other bombs( that did not go off) he amputated a year later… They Served in Honor of there Father and Uncles Service and sacrifice….. In living there lives in Service of others…. Beauty for Ashes…. In these 42 years…. God has taken tragedy and used it for His Good !!!! In The Lords economy…. NOTHING IS WASTED…. Thank you to all who has Remembered my Brother… His Son and I Greatly Appreciate…. Your Kindness…… Jan 4,2023

ELi Summers Mckee

January 4, 2023

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