Wade Hull
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Sergeant Wade Hull - Died September 10, 1919

Wade Hull

Sergeant Wade Hull, 48, was shot and killed during a raid of a dice game at 216 Anderson Street shortly before 10:00 pm on September 10, 1919.

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 Cox and Nagelson going to the rear door and Hull and 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.  Hare followed, but stopped in the darkened front room to take two of the players into custody.  While there, 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 Hull just minutes before he died.  The bullet had severed Hull's jugular vein.

When the men engaged in the dice game heard the police outside, they stampeded and 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. Upon investigation and interviews with a number of witnesses, for the most part players who participated in the dice game, Upshaw Northington was arrested and slated 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.

Sergeant Hull was unmarried.  He was survived by his mother, two brothers, and two sisters.  Sergeant Hull was appointed to the department as a patrolman on March 30, 1897.  He 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.

The body of Sergeant Hull was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Six police sergeants served as pallbearers, and a platoon of mounted police accompanied the procession.  Chief of Police Jerry Kinney paid tribute to Sergeant Hull, saying that he was courageous and fearless and one of the best in the department.

Source:  Indianapolis Star September 11 - 14, 18, 1919 and Jan 4; Feb 23-24, 27; Mar 30-31; Apr 1, 1920.