Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Detective Sergeant Phillip Hochstetler was shot and killed while interviewing a suspect about firearms stolen in a recent burglary.
Although the suspect had agreed to surrender his weapons, he turned one of his weapons on Detective Sergeant Hochstetler at the last moment, striking him in the throat and head. He then killed his 18-month and 4-year-old children before fleeing the home.
Two days later, the 26-year-old suspect was recognized when he drove past the crime scene. He was pursued into downtown Warsaw and when the suspect opened fire at a gas station, Warsaw police officers returned fire and killed him.
Detective Sergeant Hochstetler had previously served with the Nappanee Police Department for two years. He was survived by his three sons and father.
One of his sons serves as an officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department while another serves as a deputy with the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.