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. Shot in the throat, abdomen and right leg, Detective O'Dell lingered for a week before he died from his injuries.
The 38-year-old suspect was shot three times by Detective O'Dell and charged with first-degree murder. He was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two to 21 years in prison in a change of venue to Porter County. The offender was paroled in 1960 with a condition he return to his native Puerto Rico.
• Detective O'Dell is the first African-American law enforcement line of duty death in Lake County.