Patrolman
Robert Kucken
East Chicago Police Department
Saturday, September 22, 1923

Age: 46
Served: 2 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 48E, Line 3
Panel L22, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, September 22, 1923
12:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
4730 McCook Avenue, East Chicago
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
North
Weapon Used:
Revolver
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond

   Patrolman Robert Kucken and Patrolman Thomas Mitchell responded to a disturbance at Columbia Hall which had erupted into gunfire when two patrons drew revolvers and began firing.

   One suspect was fleeing through the back door when both officers entered through the front door and commanded him to halt. He dropped behind a table and opened fire on the officers.

   The suspect who shot both officers was shot and killed.  Another suspect, who killed the business' patron, was arrested for that murder.

   Patrolman Kucken was killed instantly and Patrolman Thomas Mitchell died from his wounds the following day.

   Patrolman Kucken was survived by his wife and five small children.