Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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.