Patrolman John V. Cain

Photo of Patrolman John V. Cain
End of Watch: Sun, Jun 14th, 1914
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 14 years
Age: 47


His wife and two children.


Patrolman John Cain was shot and killed while he and another officer attempted to disperse a crowd at a nearby saloon. One of the people in the crowd, a parolee from the Indiana State Prison, opened fire, striking Patrolman Cain.

The suspect had recently been released from prison for assault and battery with intent to kill. He was suffering from tuberculosis and was sent home to die. One of his last acts at the penitentiary was helping to construct the electric chair and liked to boast that he was the first person to sit in it.

He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On October 16, 1914, he was the third person to be executed by electrocution in the state.

Patrolman Cain had served with the Evansville Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Evansville Police Department Patch
15 Northwest Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Evansville, Indiana 47708
(812) 436-7896
Chief Billy Bolin


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