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- Sep. 10, 1919 -
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Indianapolis Police Dept. IN Patch
Resided: Indianapolis (Marion County)
IN, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 10, 1919
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 48 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Indianapolis Police Dept.
50 North Alabama Street  
Indianapolis, IN   46204   USA
(317)327-3811
County: Marion
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Sergeant
Sworn Date: 3/1897
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 227
On The Job: 22 years
Bio: Sergeant Hull walked a beat for several years and on June 6, 1908, he was promoted to a bicycle policeman. Two years later he was transferred to the detective department and served in that department until August 2, 1911, when he was again made a bicycle patrolman. On January 16, 1914, he was reduced to patrolman and continued patrolling a district until December 31, 1918, when he was promoted to sergeant.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Upshaw Northington / Male
  
Location:   Indianapolis, IN   USA   Wed. Sep. 10, 1919
Summary: Sergeant Wade Hull was shot and killed while he and several officers conducted a raid of a dice game at a suspect's home.

Numerous complaints had been made by citizens reporting that gambling games were in progress at the Anderson Street address. Lieutenant Cox, Sergeant Hull, and Patrolmen Nagelson and Hare were sent to the address on the evening of September 10 to conduct a raid. The men divided after arriving at the house, with Lieutenant Cox and Patrolman Nagelson going to the rear door and Sergeant Hull and Patrolman Hare going to the front door.

Sergeant Hull pushed open the front door and rushed into the middle room of the house where the game was in progress. Patrolman Hare followed, but stopped in the darkened front room to take two of the players into custody. While there, Patrolman Hare heard the shot fired. Sergeant Hull fell in the doorway. Lieutenant Cox and Patrolman Nagelson also heard the shot and broke in the rear door, reaching Sergeant Hull just minutes before he died.

The players of the dice game scattered when they heard the police arrive, many jumped through a side window into a narrow courtway at the side of the house. The men were rounded up by police squads scouring the city immediately after the shooting.

Disposition: After an investigation and interviews with the players of the game, it was determined who shot Sergeant Hull and the suspect was arrested and indicted on the charge of murder.

The case was sent to the Shelby Circuit Court on a change of venue from Marion County. A February 1920 trial ended with the jury reporting to the court its inability to reach an agreement. A retrial in March found Northington guilty of second degree murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

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