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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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