Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Lawrence Pucalik was shot and killed while working an off-duty security job at a Holiday Inn hotel.
While in an office nearby, he heard a commotion at the front desk as two suspects entered and attempted to rob the hotel clerk. As Patrolman Pucalik came out of the office with his gun drawn the suspects opened fire, striking him in the neck.
Over 31½ years later, three male suspects were charged with murder in June 2012. One suspect, who was 31 in 1980, was found incompetent to stand trial and his charges were dismissed in 2014.
A second suspect, who was 30 in 1980, is awaiting extradition from Illinois after serving a prison sentence on unrelated charges.
Charges against a third suspect, who was 17 in 1980, were dismissed in 2014. He was charged again in 2016, released on bond and is awaiting trial after the Indiana Court of Appeals denied a motion to dismiss those charges in a January 2018 decision.
Patrolman Pucalik was to have received his department's ''Top Gun'' award later that same day. He was survived by his wife, daughter and son.
All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.