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

Age: 33
Served: 6 years, 9 months
Badge #: 155
Military Service:
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
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:
Lake
Incident Township:
North
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Info:
Acquitted
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 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.