Detective
Dorian David Rorex
Gary Police Department
Thursday, January 15, 1998

Age: 27
Served: 6 years
Badge #: 120
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, January 15, 1998
09:30 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
2500 block of Tyler Street, Gary
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
Calumet
Weapon Used:
9 mm handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to 50 years
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary

   Detective Dorian Rorex was shot and killed after a brief foot pursuit of a drug suspect.

   He was responding to complaints of drug activity with two other detectives when they observed a subject fitting the description of a drug dealer. As they pulled up next to him and identified themselves, the suspect began to run.

   Detective Rorex chased the suspect to a fence, and as he was climbing over, the suspect opened fire on him, striking him once in the chest and twice in the abdomen. He was pronounced dead approximately one hour later at Northlake Methodist Hospital.

   One of the other officers returned fire, striking the 24-year-old suspect several times and paralyzing him from the waist down. He was later convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

   Detective Rorex was survived by his 1-year-old son, fiancée, unborn child, two sisters, brother and parents.

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United States Marine Corps
Gulf War



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