Deputy Sheriff John Durm

Deputy Sheriff John Durm

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Monday, July 10, 2023

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John Durm

Deputy Sheriff John Durm succumbed to injuries he sustained at about 11:30 am when he was attacked by a prisoner attempting to escape from the Community Justice Campus at 675 Justice Way in Indianapolis.

He was returning the murder suspect from the hospital when the man violently assaulted him in the detention center's sallyport. The prisoner wrapped the handcuff chain linking around Deputy Sheriff's neck, with both of them falling to the ground during the struggle. As soon as Deputy Durm stopped moving, the prisoner unlocked his handcuffs, then stole one of the sheriff's vans but crashed outside the complex during his escape attempt. The prisoner was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is facing murder charges.

Deputy Durm was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputy Durm had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, and parents. His wife and son also serve with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 38 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender In Custody

escape attempt, murder suspect, prisoner custody

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Lord God of unfailing love, to those families in our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a law enforcement family member, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. In Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son, and by His authority, I pray. Amen.

Holy Scripture References:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
The Badge 183 Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“Honoring America’s Fallen Peace Officers”
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

November 20, 2023

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