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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 several armed 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. The suspects were apprehended but later acquitted of murder.
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.