Marshal
James E. 'Red' Larimer
St. John Police Department
Saturday, February 20, 1971

Age: 56
Served: 30 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 41W, Line 12
Panel L6, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, February 20, 1971
07:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
8801 Wicker Avenue, St. John
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
St. John
Weapon Used:
.25-caliber handgun
Suspect Info:
Died in prison
Burial Location:
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville

   Marshal James Larimer and Indiana State Trooper John Streu were shot and killed while arresting two suspects for kidnapping, robbery and auto theft. The two officers had responded to a report of two suspicious men sleeping in a vehicle behind Kolling Elementary School. The officers handcuffed one of the men and placed him in the cruiser when the second man opened fire, striking Marshal Larimer.

   Trooper Streu returned fire, striking the suspect. He then left his gun in the front seat and went to the aid of Marshal Larimer. When he did so the handcuffed suspect reached over the seat, picked up Trooper Streu's weapon, and shot him. One suspect, who had escaped from a penal farm, was sentenced to two life terms and died in prison in 2009. The other suspect was sentenced to life and died in prison in 2015.

   Marshal Larimer had previously served with the Hammond Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and son.