Nickolaus Edward Schultz
Merrillville Police Department
Sunday, September 7, 2014

Age: 24
Served: 1 year, 1 month
Badge #: 365
Panel 12E, Line 29 (2015)
Panel L1, Line 13 (2014)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, September 5, 2014
10:45 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
2 days
Incident Location:
8219 Lincoln Circle, Merrillville
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.45-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Died by suicide
Burial Place:
Lowell Memorial Cemetery, Lowell

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   Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz died from a gunshot wound suffered two days earlier after responding to reports of an evicted resident at the Tempe Lake Condominiums.

   The subject, who had returned to his former unit, opened fire as officers forced their way into the condo, striking Patrolman Schultz once in the head. He was subsequently transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he remained until being taken off life support two days later after his organs were donated.

   The 33-year-old male suspect, who had ambushed responding officers while wearing body armor, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the residence.

   Patrolman Schultz was survived by his sister, Heather; parents, Dale and Coleen; maternal grandparents, Richard and Patricia Shields; paternal grandmother, Charlotte Herring; and his girlfriend, Emilee McInnis.

Historical Notes

• Patrolman Schultz was the fourth of four Indiana line of duty deaths in 2014.
• He is the first line of duty death of the Merrillville Police Department.
• His line of duty death is the 57th that has originated from Lake County.

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