Trooper
Robert Otto Lietzan
Indiana State Police
Sunday, March 30, 1969

Age: 31
Served: 7 years, 7 months
Badge #:
Panel 19W, Line 14
Panel L18, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, March 30, 1969
01:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Near Metamora
Incident County:
Franklin
Incident Township:
Salt Creek
Weapon Used:
Rifle
Suspect Disposition:
Released in 1993
Burial Place:
Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville

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   Trooper Robert Lietzan was shot and killed after responding to a call of a mentally deranged subject shooting around a camping area three miles west of Metamora.

   As he and sheriff's deputies arrived they found a man in a barricaded position in a wooded area. While attempting to get the suspect to surrender, he opened fire with a rifle, fatally striking Trooper Lietzan in the head before being taken into custody.

   Trooper Lietzan was transported to Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville where he was dead on arrival.

   The 24-year-old suspect was later convicted of second-degree murder in a death penalty case and sentenced to life. He was released from prison in April 1993.

   Trooper Lietzan, from Westville, was assigned to the Connersville post. He was survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, mother and two brothers.

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