Officer Bayne was shot and killed while attempting
to arrest a burglary suspect at 15th
and Poplar. Officer Bayne had been watching
Homer Vinsant after hearing that Vinsant
was trying to sell watches on the street.
Officer Bayne's captain advised him
to bring Vinsant in if he
was ever caught carrying a revolver.
In the early hours of February 11, 1921,
Officer Bayne was on patrol on Fifteenth Street,
where he came across a lone man. Police
believed that Officer Bayne either questioned
the man or attempted to search him.
The man shot Officer Bayne in the face.
Officer Bayne dropped and the man apparently
began to flee. Officer Bayne shot the man from
a distance of approximately 60 feet,
mortally wounding him. When a street
car stopped at 15th Street and Poplar
Avenue, two passengers got off and went
to investigate the scene. They found
Officer Bayne still alive, and he told
them that Vinsant had shot him. Vinsant
was dead when the men checked on him
- Officer Bayne's bullet had entered
through his back and exited through
his chest. A passing motorist took Officer
Bayne to General Hospital, he died before
Survived by his mother and father, John and Louise.
Interred: Elmwood Cemetery.
Article by Brent Marchant