Officer John F. Buchanan

Officer John F. Buchanan

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, July 9, 1926

John F. Buchanan

Officer John Buchanan was shot and killed through a closet door by a suspect the officers were chasing. As Officer Buchanan stood outside the door and ordered the man out the suspect opened fire. The suspect was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to two to 21 years in prison. The man died in 1971.

Officer Buchanan had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 352

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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