Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal James Larimer and Indiana State Trooper John Streu were shot and killed while arresting two suspects for kidnapping, robbery and auto theft.
The two officers had responded to a report of two suspicious men sleeping in a vehicle behind Kolling Elementary School. The officers handcuffed one of the men and placed him in the cruiser when the second man opened fire, striking Marshal Larimer.
Trooper Streu returned fire, striking the suspect. He then left his gun in the front seat and went to the aid of Marshal Larimer. When he did so the handcuffed suspect reached over the seat, picked up Trooper Streu's weapon, and shot him.
He was taken to Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Dyer where he died an hour later.
A 23-year-old suspect, who had escaped from a penal farm, was sentenced to two life terms and died in prison in 2009. The 17-year-old suspect was sentenced to life and died in prison in 2015.
Town Marshal Larimer had previously served with the Hammond Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and son.
United States Army
• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.