Detective Louis L. Shirley

Detective Louis L. Shirley

New York Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, April 14, 1923

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Louis L. Shirley

Detective Louis Shirley was shot and killed while patrolling the New York Central rail yards in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. He was shot in the back twice when he interrupted the burglary of railroad cars near the passenger terminal.

Detective Shirley had voluntarily started his shift 30 minutes early but was shot at 5:23 pm, only 23 minutes later.

A suspect was arrested but convicted only of manslaughter and sentenced to the maximum two to 21 years in prison. The suspect was later sentenced to life in prison after a conviction of being a habitual offender.

Detective Shirley had served with the New York Central Railroad Police Department for three years. He was a World War I veteran and had received several citations for bravery while in the armed forces.

He was survived by his widowed mother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Indiana
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

burglary in progress

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Rest in Peace Detective Louis L. Shirley. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting America's steel roadways.

I Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer. May his soul feel the flames of hell engulf it for eternity.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 19, 2016

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