Type of Officer: Chief of Police
Death Date: 2/3/1947
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Chief Churchill, with city engineer Harvey Earp, went to the home of George Miller to serve a warrant charging Miller with assaulting his wife following a night of quarreling and abuse. Mrs. Miller accompanied the two men. Finding the house locked and knowing Miller had a grandchild with him, Churchill chopped down the door, went through the house and to a shed in the alley. As he approached the shed, he was shot with a shotgun. Earp and Mrs. Miller fled to safety. A posse of 250apprehended the killer. He was convicted and hanged on May 6, 1950.