Trooper
Scott Alan Patrick
Indiana State Police
Monday, December 22, 2003

Age: 27
Served: 3 years, 5 months
Badge #:
Panel 26W, Line 24
Panel L15, Line 11

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, December 22, 2003
04:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Interstate 80/94 at Grant Street, Gary
Incident County:
Lake
Incident Township:
Calumet
Weapon Used:
.380-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Sentenced to life without parole
(currently incarcerated)
Burial Place:
Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso

   Trooper Scott Patrick was shot and killed when dispatched to assist a stranded motorist at the Grant Street exit of eastbound Interstate 80/94 in Gary.

   Upon his arrival, he saw the vehicle parked with two flat tires and observed a man walking up the nearby exit ramp. When he approached to offer help, the suspect pulled a handgun and opened fire. Despite being shot above his bullet-resistant vest, once in the neck, Trooper Patrick was able to radio for assistance and return fire.

   He was unaware that the vehicle had been stolen the previous week and died less than a half-hour later while in surgery at Northlake Methodist Hospital. 

   The suspect then hid behind the double set of tires of a flatbed trailer that had stopped at the scene. An assisting trooper arrived and was directed to where the suspect was hiding, who then fled on foot and jumped into the cab of another semitrailer.

   After attempted to put the vehicle into gear and, after making threatening gestures toward the trooper, the suspect was shot multiple times but survived.

   The 19-year-old man was on parole at the time for selling crack cocaine near a school and had been sentenced to two years in prison but released after 90 days.

   He was later convicted of murder and auto theft, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Indiana Supreme Court, in June 2008, affirmed both the conviction and sentence of the offender.

   Trooper Patrick, from Wheatfield, was assigned to the Lowell post. He was survived by his wife, a son who was born six months after his death, parents, sister and two brothers.

   His father served as chief deputy for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, one of his brothers served as a conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the other served as an officer with the Indiana State Excise Police.

Memorial Tributes

• In 2006, State Road 10 between Wheatfield and DeMotte in Jasper County was dedicated the Trooper Scott A. Patrick Memorial Highway in his honor.
• In 2013, a memorial was erected at the Grant Street exit ramp of Interstate 80/94 in his honor.



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