Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Detective James Compton was shot and killed while attempting to serve a narcotics warrant on a man suspected of selling marijuana to students at a nearby high school.
He and three other detectives went to the man's home to serve the warrant. When Detective Compton knocked on the door and identified himself the suspect fired from inside the home, striking him in the head and chest.
He was able to crawl across the front yard where he collapsed before being transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital and died approximately two hours later.
The other detectives returned fire at the 18-year-old suspect, fatally wounding him.
Detective Compton had served for only six weeks and had previously served as a police officer in Kansas for two years. He was survived by his wife, 6- and 11-year-old daughters and a 5-year-old son.
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