Sunday, April 08, 2007
Officer Down History
Q: My grandfather, Sylvester Zell, was a police officer involved in the Dillinger bank robbery in South Bend on June 20, 1934. I know one officer was killed at that time. How can I get more information about what took place, or about my grandfather's service as an officer? Thanks for your help.

A: Sadly, we do not have a full archive of history events to provide you with full information, however the incident you are speaking of- a robbery of the Merchants National Bank,occurred on June 30, 1934, in which Patrolman Howard C. Wagner was shot and killed. "Baby Face" Nelson, John Dillinger, and Homer Van Meter participated in the actual robbery. Following the robbery, the gangsters fled to Chicago, Illinois. Later two police officers were shot on Wolf Road, outside Chicago, when Nelson opened fire as they approached the gang's meeting place. You can find out more at the ODMP.org page I linked above, or here
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 8:56 PM  

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