Officer Clinton Maxwell Osthimer
Wabash Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 1943
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 7
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, January 19, 1943
Weapon Used: Handgun; .38 caliber
Suspect Info: Sentenced to life
Officer Clinton Osthimer was shot and killed after making a traffic stop. Officer Osthimer and another officer had stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign and drunken driving after a short pursuit. The suspect was arrested and while being transported to the jail, produced a .38 caliber semi-automatic revolver. The suspect then shot Officer Osthimer in the throat severing his jugular vein and attempted to shoot the other officer, but the gun jammed.
When the other officer knocked the gun from the suspect's hand, he exited the squad car and fled on foot, but was recaptured about two blocks away. Officer Osthimer was transported to Wabash County Hospital and was dead on arrival.
At the time of his arrest, unknown to the officers, the suspect was driving a stolen vehicle, wanted for larceny and was AWOL from the military. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The suspect escaped from prison in 1969, but was found living under an assumed name in Alabama ten years later. While awaiting extradition back to Indiana, the suspect died.
Officer Osthimer had served with the Wabash Police Department for four years.