Detective
Michael George Rusnak
Gary Police Department
Saturday, June 11, 1966

Age: 45
Served: 16 years
Badge #:
Panel 43W, Line 2
Panel L1, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, June 11, 1966
02:55 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
21st Avenue and Vermont Street, Gary
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
Calumet
Weapon Used:
Pistol
Suspect Disposition:
Died in prison
Burial Place:
Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary

   Detective Michael Rusnak was investigating a disturbance when he was shot and killed.

   A manager at the Avenue Lounge had reported a man was waving a gun at tavern patrons. Upon the officer's arrival, Detective Rusnak was shot through the heart as he entered the side door.

   The suspect was chased three blocks and caught by his partner, Patrolman George Lowe, who ironically was also shot and killed in the line of duty nearly four years later.

   The 31-year-old suspect, who was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, died by suicide in 1968 while incarcerated.

   Detective Rusnak was survived by his wife, three sons, two sisters, three brothers and mother.

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World War II



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