Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman Charles Farkas was shot and killed after he and his partner had observed a suspect wanted in the shooting of Patrolman Delbert Thompson.
The 35-year-old man, whose vehicle he had been driving was stolen from Toledo, Ohio, and his passenger had been stopped by Patrolman Thompson. As he questioned them, he was shot and killed by the driver before fleeing on foot from the scene.
About 20 minutes later, the suspect was seen hitchhiking east on Lincoln Way East. As Patrolman Farkas exited the squad car, the man opened fire and killed him. His partner, who was wounded in the exchange, returned fire and killed the suspect.
The offender was wanted for an $80,000 robbery of a Cincinnati bank as well as bank robberies in Hicksville, Ohio, two in South Bend and another in Syracuse, Indiana.
Patrolman Farkas was survived by his wife and four children.
• This incident was one of 23 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.