Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Thomas Mitchell and Patrolman Robert Kucken responded to a disturbance at Columbia Hall when two patrons drew revolvers and gunfire erupted.
One suspect was fleeing through the back door when both officers entered through the front door and commanded him to halt. He dropped behind a table and opened fire.
Patrolman Kucken was killed instantly and Patrolman Mitchell died from his wounds the following day.
The 50-year-old suspect who killed both officers was shot and killed. Another suspect, who killed the business patron, was arrested for that murder.
Patrolman Mitchell was single and survived by his sister.
United States Army