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. The suspect was shot three times by Detective O'Dell and later charged with murder. Detective O'Dell, who was shot in the throat, abdomen and right leg, lingered for a week before he died from his injuries.
Detective O'Dell was Lake County's first African-American police officer killed in the line of duty.