Deputy Sheriff
Stacia Suzanne Alyea
Shelby County Sheriff's Department
Thursday, April 18, 1996

Age: 35
Served: 5 years
Badge #: 73-12
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicle pursuit
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, April 18, 1996
12:45 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 44 east of Homer
Incident County:
Rush
Incident Township:
Walker
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
Released in 2000
Burial Place:
Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville

   Deputy Stacia Alyea was killed in a single-vehicle accident during a high-speed pursuit of a drunken driver which began on Interstate 74 north of Fairfield.

   As she and two Shelbyville officers continued pursuing the 23-year-old driver into Rush County, Deputy Alyea's vehicle ran over Stop Sticks that had been placed on State Road 44, puncturing her squad car's tires.

   She lost control of her vehicle, veering off the right side of the road, then across the highway before hitting a tree about three miles east of Homer. Deputy Alyea was pronounced dead at the scene.

   The driver was arrested in Franklin County denying the accident was his fault. He was initially charged with 14 offenses, but later pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement causing death, sentenced to 10 years in prison and released in 2000.

   Deputy Alyea had received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving the previous week for her work in drunken driving enforcement. She previously served with the Shelbyville Police Department as a reserve officer.

   Deputy Alyea was survived by her husband, who serves as a captain with the sheriff's department, a 10-year-old son, twin 6-year-old daughters, three stepchildren, sister, two brothers and mother.

Military Service


United States Air Force


Security Police

Historical Note

• Deputy Alyea is the third known female law enforcement line of duty death in Indiana.

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