Officer Gregg William Winters

Officer Gregg William Winters

Muncie Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 1991

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Gregg William Winters

Officer Gregg Winters succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered 11 days earlier after being shot while transporting a prisoner.

Officer Winters had arrested the subject for public intoxication and he was placed in the rear seat of his squad car after being searched by another officer. Approximately one-eighth mile from the jail, the handcuffed subject was able to pull out a concealed .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun and shoot Officer Winters in the back of the head and neck five times.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On June 15, 2007, he was executed by lethal injection.

Officer Winters had served with the Muncie Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a brother who serves as a deputy chief with the Muncie Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 167

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 28, 1990
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 2007

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I did an internship with the Muncie police department through Ball State University back in ‘87-‘88. When I worked the night shift Gregg was the only one who would let me ride with him. We patrolled and he helped with me with my questions. Very nice man. One night it was bitter cold, lows in the single digits. Nothing was going on so we went over to the FOP for two reasons, one they were having some issues with vandalism and two he wanted to chill for a bit. We sat there for awhile talking it was about two o’clock in the morning and I dozed off. In my half awake and half asleep state I thought someone had thrown a basketball at me and I jerked my hands up to catch it. Gregg freaked and said a few words in French and yelled what’s going on? I said I thought somebody threw a basketball at me and I was trying to catch it. After a few seconds of stunned silence we both just started laughing and probably laughed for ten minutes. I’m 56 now and still remember that. What a great guy he was. I did not end up working in policing I found my calling in corrections and spent the next 30 years doing that holding a variety of positions.

Lt. Shawn Wagner
IDOC

July 24, 2020

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