Chief of Police Vern L. Ervin

Chief of Police Vern L. Ervin

French Lick Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 10, 1972

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Vern L. Ervin

Chief of Police Vern Ervin was shot and killed by a subject at a service station.

The man had been firing a 12-gauge shotgun in the area and was being searched for by several agencies. He had just shot out the windshield of a West Baden Springs Police Department cruiser. As Chief Ervin approached him the man shot him in the head, killing him.

The man was sentenced to life in prison, where he later died from natural causes.

Chief Ervin had served with the French Lick Police Department for 16 years and had previously served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, three grandsons, and five siblings.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge FL1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Died in prison

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

To your Great a Grandson Connor, a beautiful and spot on reflection. Please be safe out there always. God Speed.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 10, 2020

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