Deputy Marshal David K. Brown

Deputy Marshal David K. Brown

Westfield Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 11, 1969

David K. Brown

Deputy Marshal David Brown was shot and killed while checking on a suspicious vehicle containing two subjects behind Westfield High School.

During the stop Deputy Brown had one of the men sit in his front passenger seat. As Deputy Brown spoke to him the man attacked him inside the car and disarmed him. The man then fatally shot him before both suspects fled the scene.

When the dispatcher was unable to contact Deputy Marshal Brown with the reply, a second officer was sent to check on him. Upon the second officer's arrival, Deputy Marshal Brown was found shot to death in his patrol car. During the stop Deputy Brown had written down the vehicle's license plate number.

The vehicle was located at a home in Indianapolis approximate two hours later by a police officer who had stopped it earlier in the night. Both suspects were arrested at the home. It was determined that Deputy Brown had interrupted the men stealing a pig from a field behind the high school.

The man who shot Deputy Brown was sentenced to life in prison, where he later died.

Deputy Marshal Brown had served with the Westfield Police Department for three years. He was survived by his son, daughter, brother, three sisters and parents.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Died in prison

suspicious vehicle

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Dave was my dad’s deputy in Atlanta Indiana. (Robert Holloway Atlanta Indiana Town Marshal) I remember Dave from that time as he visited our house in Atlanta often with my dad. I remember how devastated my dad was when he got the news of Dave's death. My dad was a police officer in Carmel Indiana at the time. I have clippings from newspapers of Dave being shot and I am the one that added the picture of Dave in this memorial. I remember he had a son and daughter and from what I remember after Dave’s divorce the kids with their mother moved to South Carolina. I may be mistaken because I was very young at the time. I can say that Dave was a good man. I hope that his kids remember him as the kind man he was.

Roger Holloway
A Friend of my Dad

December 16, 2018

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