Special Deputy William H. Engel

Special Deputy William H. Engel

Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, August 13, 1919

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William H. Engel

Special Deputy William Engel was shot and killed at the New Albany and Salem Railroad Station in New Albany while assisting with transporting prisoners to the Indiana Reformatory.

He was escorting a murder suspect when the man suddenly drew a pistol and shot him in the back of the head as they stepped off the train at the station at the intersection of Pearl Street and Oak Street. The man had obtained the pistol from a friend at the train station where the prisoners were being loaded.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 1953 his sentence was commuted to time served to life making him eligible for parole.

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; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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