Special Deputy Sheriff Joseph L. Walker

Special Deputy Sheriff Joseph L. Walker

Vermillion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, December 17, 1930

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Joseph L. Walker

Special Deputy Sheriff Joe Walker was shot and killed while as he and other members of a posse pursued a truck containing fives bank robbery suspects into Edgar County, Illinois.

The subjects had robbed a bank in Clinton, Indiana, and fled toward Dana, Indiana. A posse was formed in Dana and attempted to intercept the vehicle as it drove through town. A pursuit ensued that entered Edgar County, Illinois. During the pursuit the suspects fired a machine gun mounted in the back of a truck, fatally wounding Deputy Walker.

The pursuit ended in a cornfield where two of the subjects committed suicide. A third suspect was wounded the last two remaining suspects were apprehended.

Deputy Walker was transported to a hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Deputy Walker was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 16, 1930
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Two committed suicide

robbery, vehicle pursuit

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Deputy Sheriff Walker,
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 Vermillion County.


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December 17, 2020

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