Sergeant Ray Whobrey was fatally wounded by John Calvin Silcox, 26, who fired a sawed-of shotgun directly into Sgt. Whobrey's body at a distance of 2 feet. The incident occurred at approximately 11 o'clock on the night of April 23, 1953, as Sgt. Whobrey and Officers Hartwell Jarvis and Ed Marcum patrolled near Ray and Missouri Streets. A drug store, the Weinbrecht pharmacy, 21st and Harding, had been held up earlier. The officers saw a green, 1948 Ford sedan turn west onto Ray from Church without making a hand signal. They recognized Silcox, paroled from prison February 23.
The officers forced the car to the curb in front of 359 W. Ray, and Sgt. Whobrey got out and went around to the right side of the Ford. The door opened, and Silcox fired with a 12-guage shotgun. Officers Jarvis and Marcum jumped out of the squad car. The driver of the Ford, John Stack, 28, jumped out and ran toward Officer Marcum. Marcum fired once and Stack went down with a shot in the chest. Silcox ran north on Missouri with Officer Jarvis in pursuit.
As the officer fired, Silcox dropped his shotgun. Silcox circled about a car, apparently trying to get back to the shotgun, and Jarvis fired again. In all, the police reported, Silcox stumbled three times before he fell to the ground 100 feet from where Sgt. Whobrey lay. Silcox had been shot through the heart and was identified at the morgue as the suspect who had held up the Weinbrecht drugstore.
Sergeant Whobrey was 38 when he was killed. He was survived by his widow, Dorothy, and two daughters, aged 7 and 13. The Indianapolis News reported that Whobrey's brother Lloyd, a patrol officer with the Indianapolis Police Department, was at Whobrey's bedside when he died. The News further reported that Whobrey spoke his last words to Lloyd, comforting his brother with, "Don't take it so hard. Everything will be all right."
Funeral services for Sergeant Whobrey were held at the Jordan Funeral Home. A funeral procession two-miles long escorted his remains to Washington Park Cemetery (East). Slowly, it passed police headquarters, where civilians lining the sidewalks bared their heads and uniformed ranks came to attention in a final salute as the procession drove eastward toward the cemetery.
Source: The Indianapolis News, April 24-25, 1953. The Indianapolis Star, April 25, 1953.