Special Deputy William H. Engel

Special Deputy William H. Engel

Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, August 13, 1919

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William H. Engel

Special Deputy William Engel was shot and killed while assisting with transporting prisoners to the Indiana Reformatory.

Special Deputy Engel was escorting a murder suspect when the suspect suddenly drew a pistol and shot him in the back of the head. The suspect had obtained the pistol from his girlfriend at the train station where the prisoners were being loaded.

Special Deputy Engel had served with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department for only one day. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

August 13, 2019

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