Town Marshal William Dean Miner, Jr.

Town Marshal William Dean Miner, Jr.

Avilla Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, May 28, 1983

William Dean Miner, Jr.

Town Marshal William Miner was shot and killed while struggling with a suspect after responding to reports of someone breaking into a vehicle. During the struggle a second suspect approached, disarmed Marshal Miner, and shot him in the back.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1995, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed the conviction, but overturned his death sentence which resulted in a resentencing to 60 years in prison. He was subsequently released in July 2012 after serving only 29 years in prison.

Marshal Miner had served with the Avilla Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and two small children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Released in 2012

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Rest in Peace Marshal William Dean Miner Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Avilla, Indiana.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women who now serve the Avilla Police Department. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue the scum responsible for your murder. He may have escaped true punishment here on earth but may he know no peace or rest in this life. May his sorry soul forever burn in hell. May his nights be plagued with tortuous nightmares. May his grave be covered with thorn bushes and weeds.



Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 27, 2016

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