Detective
Michael G. Rusnak
Gary Police Department
Saturday, June 11, 1966

Age: 45
Served: 16 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 43W, Line 2
Panel L1, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, June 11, 1966

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
21st Avenue and Vermont Street, Gary
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
Calumet
Weapon Used:
Pistol
Suspect Info:
Committed suicide
Burial Location:
Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary

   Detective Michael Rusnak was investigating a disturbance when he was shot and killed.

   The tavern's manager had reported that a man was waving a gun at the patrons. Upon the officer's arrival, Detective Rusnak was shot through the heart as he entered the side door. The suspect was chased three blocks and caught by his partner, Patrolman George Lowe, who ironically was also shot and killed in the line of duty nearly four years later.

   The suspect, who was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life, committed suicide while in prison.

   Detective Rusnak was a veteran of World War II. He was survived by his wife, three sons, two sisters, three brothers and mother.