Cory Raymond Elson
Indiana State Police
Saturday, April 3, 1999

Age: 26
Served: 3 months
Badge #:
Panel 39E, Line 21
Panel L30, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, April 3, 1999
08:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
630 North 13th Street, Decatur
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
AK-47 assault rifle
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life without parole
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Washington Park North Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Trooper Cory Elson was shot and killed after making a traffic stop in the rear of an auto parts store in Decatur.

   As he exited his vehicle, the suspect opened fire with an assault rifle. One of the first rounds penetrated the cruiser's door and struck Trooper Elson in the leg. He retreated to the rear of his cruiser and returned fire. The suspect continued to fire at Trooper Elson, firing as many as 36 rounds, fatally wounding him. An employee of a business was shot and wounded during the gunfire but was able to call 911.

   The 38-year-old suspect fled the scene but was captured the next day. In a death penalty case, he was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 20 years for operating a machine gun.

   Trooper Elson, from Fort Wayne, had recently graduated from the academy and was assigned to the Fort Wayne post. He was survived by his wife, sister and parents.

   Trooper Elson was the second of three troopers within 11 months to be killed in the line of duty from the 56th ISP Recruit Academy, which graduated in December 1998. He was a roommate of Trooper Richard Gaston who was killed in the line of duty on March 4, 1999.

Memorial Tribute

• In May 2022, Ellison Road in front of the ISP Fort Wayne Post was dedicated as Trooper Cory R. Elson Memorial Way in his honor.

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