Sergeant
Walter Kevin Artz
Vigo County Sheriff's Department
Wednesday, July 1, 1987

Age: 32
Served: 11 years
Badge #: 84-12
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, July 1, 1987
07:05 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
4906 North Hendricks Street, North Terre Haute
Incident County:
Vigo
Incident Township:
Otter Creek
Weapon Used:
Gun (unknown type)
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Roselawn Memorial Park, Terre Haute

   Sergeant Walter Artz was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

   As he and his partner attempted to calm the man down at the back door of the home the man suddenly began firing, fatally wounding Sergeant Artz in the right shoulder near his neck. He was taken to Union Hospital in Terre Haute where he died.

   Officers returned fire and wounded the 65-year-old man, who then died by suicide.

   Sergeant Artz was survived by his wife and two daughters.



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