Patrolman James Ovid McCracken

Patrolman James Ovid McCracken

Muncie Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, April 24, 1932

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James Ovid McCracken

Patrolman James McCracken was shot and killed during an armed robbery as he escorted two men to a bank to make a deposit.

The male suspects, who fled the scene with $747, later shot and killed Patrolman Charles Holt, of the Springfield, Ohio, Police Department, on June 29, 1932. One suspect was apprehended in Indianapolis within days while the other two were captured in Effingham, Illinois, a month later.

The suspects were extradicted to Ohio where one offender was convicted of an unrelated armed robbery charge. The second offender pleaded guilty to shooting with intent to kill, sentenced to life in prison and was paroled in 1945. The third offender was found guilty of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison and was pardoned in 1959.

Patrolman McCracken had served with the Muncie Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Pardoned in 1959


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Patrolman McCracken,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Muncie.


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April 24, 2022

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