Police Officer
Eryk Todd Heck
Allen County Sheriff's Department
Friday, August 15, 1997

Age: 27
Served: 4 years, 10 months
Badge #: 188
Military Service:
Panel 36E, Line 20
Panel L22, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, August 15, 1997
01:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:

Incident County:
Allen
Incident Township:

Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Info:
Shot and killed
Burial Location:
Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne

   Officer Eryk Heck was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded after responding to a burglary in progress on a northwestern rural road in the county.

   While investigating the burglary, the two officers discovered a truck parked in a remote area near the home. As the officers watched the truck, the 27-year-old male suspect appeared and the second officer approached to question him. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking the second officer in the arm and knocking him to the ground.

   Officer Heck then got in front of the wounded officer and returned fire when he was shot in the neck, leg and jaw. He was able to shoot and kill the suspect but Officer Heck was pronounced dead from the injuries he suffered upon arrival at the hospital.

   Officer Heck was survived by his wife, 11-month-old daughter, parents and seven sisters. His mother had also served with the Allen County Sheriff's Department.