Officer Elmer (Elsworth) Anderson, 28, bicycle patrolman at the East 17th substation, was accidentally shot by Officer George Stone, his partner, while the two were attempting to capture a vicious dog at the rear of 1531 Yandes Street on January 14, 1915. Officers Anderson and Stone had responded to a call that a mad dog was terrorizing the neighborhood and had bitten a 13-year old child who was playing near the front of his home. As the men alighted from their motorcycles, the dog darted between them. The dog sprang at Officer Anderson, who jumped aside just as his partner fired a shot. Jumping in the path of the bullet, Officer Anderson was struck by the bullet in the right side of his back. The bullet then passed through his stomach. A neighbor called the ambulance, and Officer Anderson was rushed to the city hospital where he died the next morning (January 15), at 8:00.
Officers Anderson and Stone had been assigned together for six months, and during that time formed a close friendship. They were regarded one of the most efficient teams in the department. Officer Stone was heartbroken by the incident. The coroner ruled the shooting accidental and exonerated Officer Stone from all blame.
Prior to his appointment to the police force in April 1912, Officer Anderson was a railroader. He was promoted to bicycleman by Chief Perrott in January 1914. Officer Anderson was 28 at the time of his death. He was survived by his widow, Ola, and a 4-year old daughter.
Services were held at Officer Anderson's home on South Meridian Street. Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Source : Indianapolis News, January 15, 1915. Indianapolis Star, January 17-18, 1915. Crown Hill Cemetery interment information. US Census 1900 and 1910. Board of Public Safety card.