Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer Frank Denzinger was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance call.
The officers responded to a report of a confrontation between a 15-year-old son and his mother. Upon their arrival, while they were conversing with the mother in the driveway, her son shot at both officers from an upstairs window of the residence.
The suspect, who was using a high-powered, World War II relic M-1 Garand rifle, struck Officer Denzinger with a second round between the side panels of his bullet-resistant vest, before the other officer was able to return fire into the home.
Officer Denzinger was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky where he died from his wounds. The other officer was seriously wounded, but survived.
The suspect was found six hours later inside the residence having died by suicide.
Officer Denzinger was survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, parents and two sisters.
• The Frank C. Denzinger Criminal Justice Building, at Spring Street and Scribner Drive in New Albany, has been named in his honor.
• The 15-year-old offender is the fourth-youngest known to be involved in a line of duty death in Indiana.