Town Marshal Walter W. McCallister

Town Marshal Walter W. McCallister

Dale Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, December 24, 1925

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Walter W. McCallister

Town Marshal Walter McCallister was shot and killed by a prisoner as he placed him into the town jail.

The previous day Marshal McCallister and two federal prohibition agents had raided the home of the man's brother-in-law. The man, who had been drinking, became upset over the raid and went in search of Marshal McCallister to confront him. Upon discovering the man was drunk, Marshal McCallister placed him under arrest and took him to the town jail.

Marshal McCallister turned his back to the subject as he opened the jail cell. The man used the opportunity to draw a concealed weapon and then shot Marshal McCallister four times when he turned back around. The subject went home after the shooting and remained there until being arrested without incident a short time later.

The 65-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He died at the Indiana State Penitentiary at Michigan City on January 11, 1931.

Marshal McCallister had served with the Dale Marshal's Office for severel years. He was survived by his wife, six children, father, and five siblings.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

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Rest in peace Town Marshal McCallister.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 31, 2019

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