Charles W. Arman

Remembering Those Who Served
Charles W. Arman
  • Born June 29, 1886 in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Appointed to department July 30, 1919 as Patrolman
  • Promoted to Captain January 1, 1926
  • Died in the line of duty on November 1, 1927
Died in the Line of Duty
Captain Arman was shot and killed November 1, 1927 when he investigated an armed robbery in progress at the Tippecanoe Loan and Trust Bank. About $1,000 was taken by 6 armed robbery suspects. As Captain Arman entered the bank, he was shot 3 times and died at the scene of the shooting. The suspects escaped in a car with Iowa license plates.

Police were able to later identify 2 of the 6 suspects, 1 escaped from prison while serving a 25 year sentence, but was later paroled and has since died. The other suspect committed suicide in Sidell, Illinois following the robbery of a Clinton, Indiana bank in 1930, in which 2 other men suspected in Captain Arman's murder were also killed. Of the remaining suspected individuals, 1 was recaptured 3 days after the same prison escape while another was killed by police during their recapture.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall
Captain Arman's name is etched in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall. His name can be located on Panel 51-W, Position 1.