Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Officer Michael Deno was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on a man he knew was driving with a suspended license.
During the stop, the suspect produced a firearm from his rear pocket and shot Officer Deno in the right side of his head. He was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center of Evansville where he died the next morning.
The 24-year-old suspect fled the scene, but was arrested about an hour later and charged with murder. In December 2000, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 20 years for drug possession.
Officer Deno was survived by his wife, parents, brother, three stepbrothers, two sisters, stepsister, grandmothers and stepgrandparents. He had also served with the Oakland City Fire Department.
• In 2013, the southbound Interstate 69 bridge over the Patoka River in Gibson County was dedicated the Officer Michael E. Deno Memorial Bridge in his honor.