Lawrence J. Pucalik
Hammond Police Department
Friday, November 14, 1980

Age: 33
Served: 6 years, 9 months
Badge #: 155
Military Service:
Panel 39W, Line 11
Panel L18, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, November 14, 1980
03:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3830 179th Street, Hammond
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
• Awaiting extradition
• Awaiting trial
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Location:
Saint John Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Hammond

   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.

   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 but was released on bond while awaiting an appellate court decision to dismiss those charges.

   Patrolman Pucalik was scheduled to receive his department's ''Top Gun'' award later in the day. He was survived by his wife, daughter and son.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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