Policeman William Henry Sutherlin

Policeman William Henry Sutherlin

Mitchell Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, March 7, 1923

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William Henry Sutherlin

Policeman William Sutherlin was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had shot out a street light at the intersection of Sixth and Warren streets.

The man was in a group of males who were acting disorderly at about 9:30 pm. Policeman Sutherlin and another officer responded to the gunfire and began chasing the subjects who were dispersing. When the man who had shot out the street light was being arrested, he fatally shot Policeman Sutherlin in the heart.

The 20-year-old suspect was arrested by the other officer and charged with murder. On January 15, 1924, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. In 1932 his sentenced was reduced making him eligible for parole in 1933.

Policeman Sutherlin was survived by his wife, five sons and five daughters.


  • Age 61
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Policeman Sutherlin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 30, 2021

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