Officer
Donald R. Sheppard
Highland Police Department
Friday, November 12, 1971

Age: 34
Served: 4 years, 7 months
Badge #: 5
Military Service:
Panel 51W, Line 1
Panel L33, Line 3

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, November 12, 1971
09:50 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Ridge Road near Highland Street, Highland
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
North
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Info:
Died in prison
Burial Location:
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville

   Officer Donald Sheppard was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

   Officer Sheppard, while transporting two other officers back from checking on an impounded car, made a traffic stop on a vehicle. The officers were unaware that the driver was a convicted rapist who had escaped from the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City two hours earlier. The suspect opened fire on the officers, killing Officer Sheppard, but was shot and wounded by one of the other officers. The suspect was arrested and sentenced to life in prison, where he died.

   Officer Sheppard was survived by his wife, Patricia, and three children.