Chief Marshal
James Rodger Kautz
Long Beach Police Department
Thursday, December 4, 1997

Age: 55
Served: 20 years
Badge #:
Military Service: U.S. Army
• Vietnam War
Panel 45E, Line 20
Panel L8, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, November 4, 1997
05:45 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
30 days
Incident Location:
U.S. 12 near State Road 212, Michigan City
Incident County:
LaPorte
Incident Township:
Michigan
Weapon Used:
Automobile
Suspect Info:
Acquitted
Burial Location:
Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City

   Chief Marshal James Kautz died from injuries he suffered one month earlier after being struck by a vehicle at the scene of an accident.

   He was assisting Michigan City police on U.S. 12 near State Road 212 when he was struck.

   The 30-year-old driver was charged with reckless homicide and later acquitted by a jury.

   Chief Marshal Kautz was a Vietnam War veteran having served two tours of duty and being awarded the Bronze Star three times.