Constable John Welch

Constable John Welch

Evansville Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, April 14, 1862

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John Welch

Constable John Welch succumbed from injuries suffered the previous day when he was shot by an escapee.

Constable Welch had located the suspect hiding on a flatboat. As he approached the boat the suspect opened fire, striking Constable Welch twice. After falling, the suspect's mother beat Constable Welch with a stick. Other officers transported him to a local hospital where he died the next day.

Constable Welch was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 13, 1862
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available


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Constable Welch,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Evansville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 14, 2022

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