Detective Sergeant Carl W. Heckman , 28, was killed on January 3, 1931, when he and his partner, Detective Sergeant Philip Miller, fought a gun battle with two laundry truck bandits.
A number of laundry drivers had been robbed late in 1930, and teams of detectives had been assigned to trail the trucks. Detective Sergeants Heckman and Miller saw a laundry truck parked in the 3500 block of North Pennsylvania Street on January 3, 1931. Two suspects approached, and as the officers started toward them, a gun battle started. Sergeant Heckman was struck in the forehead and fell to the sidewalk. He died on scene. Miller opened fire on the man who shot Heckman, but the slayer fled, apparently unharmed.
A second suspect, Floyd Board was seized by Miller. Board later pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The shooter, later identified by Board as Richard Perkins, alias Cobb, was the subject of a wide manhunt. He was captured in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 29, 1931. Perkins was convicted of murder at trial on March 20, 1932, and was sentenced to death. After several stays of execution, Perkins was electrocuted at the Indiana State Prison on October 1, 1934.
Sergeant Heckman was appointed to the Police Department on February 20, 1929. Prior to his appointment, he was a professional golf player, having served as assistant professional at the South Grove course. Heckman was a patrolman until September 1, 1930, when he was transferred to detectives. On December 12, 1930, Heckman was promoted to detective sergeant.
The funeral procession for Sergeant Heckman was nearly three blocks long and was led by a police motor cycle escort. Approximately 500 friends and acquaintances assembled at the Riverside Park M.E. Church to pay their last respects. Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Sergeant Heckman was survived by his wife, Alice, 2 sons (age 6 and 1-1/2) and a 3-year old daughter.
Source: Indianapolis Star, January 4, 6 and 7, 1931; October 1, 1934.