Patrolman Jack William Osborne
End of Watch Saturday, August 15, 1981
Patrolman Jack Osborne was struck and killed in an accident on Saturday, August 15, 1981, caused by a drunken driver. Patrolman Osborne was assisting an Indiana State Trooper to investigate an accident on Interstate 65 in the Three Bridges Area.
Patrolman Osborne was inspecting a damaged guardrail when the drunken driver struck the rear of his patrol car, which had been parked on the shoulder with its emergency lights activated, shoving it into the guardrail. Another vehicle traveling behind the drunken driver then struck the drunken driver’s vehicle as it rested partially in the travel lane. Patrolman Osborne was struck during the second collision and carried over 80 feet by the second vehicle. He was transported to Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The drunken driver pleaded guilty to OWI causing death and was sentenced to two years probation, 2,600 hours of community service, and related court costs.
Patrolman Osborne had served with the Seymour Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife.
Patrolman Donald M. Winn, Jr.
End of Watch Tuesday, November 7, 1961
Patrolman Donald Winn succumbed to a gunshot wound on Tuesday, November 7, 1961. He suffered the gunshot 10 days earlier while he and his partner investigated a burglary at a car dealership.
When the officers found that the dealership had been broken into, they entered the building and walked towards the office. The suspects heard the officers approaching and one of them opened fire, striking Patrolman Winn in the chest. Patrolman Winn’s partner returned fire and took the suspects into custody. Patrolman Winn was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound 10 days later.
Patrolman Winn had served with the Seymour Police Department for 11 years.
Patrolman John Pfaffenburger
End of Watch Wednesday, June 6, 1934
Patrolman John Pfaffenburger succumbed to gunshot wounds on Wednesday, June 6, 1934. He suffered the gunshot wounds two days earlier while attempting to arrest two suspects who had stolen gas from a service station on U.S. 50. He had set up a roadblock at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 31 to stop the vehicle. When the suspects encountered the roadblock they opened fire on the officer, mortally wounding him.
The two suspects fled the scene and later in the day shot Deputy Harold Amick, of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, who succumbed to his wounds the following day.
Both suspects were apprehended and convicted of Deputy Amick’s murder. One offender was sentenced to life in prison and the shooter was sentenced to death. On October 9, 1934, he was executed by electrocution.