Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz died from gunshot wound suffered two days earlier after responding to a report of an evicted resident who had returned to his former condominium.
The subject opened fire as officers forced their way into the complex, striking Patrolman Schultz once in the head. He was subsequently transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he remained until being taken off life support after his organs were donated two days later.
The 33-year-old male suspect, who had ambushed responding officers while wearing body armor, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the residence.
Patrolman Schultz was survived by his sister, Heather; parents, Dale and Coleen; maternal grandparents, Richard and Patricia Shields; paternal grandmother, Charlotte Herring; and his girlfriend, Emilee McInnis.
Patrolman Schultz was the last of four Indiana law enforcement officers killed in 2014, the first line of duty death of the Merrillville Police Department and the 52nd occurring in Lake County.