Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Detective Elza O'Dell died from gunshot wounds he suffered one week earlier after being shot when he and his partner tried to arrest a subject.
The officers had responded after the man's ex-wife complained he had come to her house with a knife. They followed the subject into a building and confronted him, at which time he shot Detective O'Dell five times. Detective O'Dell, who was shot in the throat, abdomen and right leg, lingered for a week before he died from his injuries.
The suspect was shot three times by Detective O'Dell and later charged with murder.
Detective O'Dell was Lake County's first African-American police officer killed in the line of duty.