Sergeant Orrel L. Manuel, Jr.

Sergeant Orrel L. Manuel, Jr.

Vincennes Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, January 18, 1961

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Orrel L. Manuel, Jr.

Sergeant Orrel Manuel was shot and killed while investigating a hit-and-run incident. The suspect in the shooting was also a police officer who was off duty and intoxicated when he pulled his gun and fired at officers. A single shot struck Sergeant Manual, killing him, but the bullet passed through his body and struck another officer, critically injuring him.

The off duty officer, charged with murder, said the shooting was an accident. He was tried and acquitted on June 16, 1961. The other officer recovered.

Sergeant Manuel had served with the Vincennes Police Department for five years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace Sergeant Manuel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 18, 2022

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