Sergeant
Ernest J. Malatinka
Hammond Police Department
Saturday, December 29, 1984

Age: 47
Served: 17 years, 8 months
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 29W, Line 15
Panel L5, Line 9

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, December 29, 1984

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
2211 Calumet Avenue, Hammond
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
North
Weapon Used:
Officer's shotgun
Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond

   Sergeant Ernest Malatinka was found dead of a gunshot wound inside the Robertsdale substation.

   The following month, Sergeant Malatinka's death was ruled accidental as gun-cleaning materials were found on his desk and he was apparently shot with the shotgun he had been cleaning.

   Sergeant Malatinka was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, mother and sister.