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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 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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