Robert James Markley
Highland Police Department
Friday, March 10, 1978

Age: 26
Served: 4 years, 5 months
Badge #: 4
Panel 54W, Line 3
Panel L25, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, March 10, 1978
02:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
8000 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, Highland
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville

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   Officer Robert Markley was struck and killed by a drunken driver while directing traffic at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.

   A furniture truck had been hijacked by two men who drove the vehicle into a snow bank before fleeing on foot into Wicker Memorial Park. Officer Markley was struck when a driver entered the area where he was standing.

   Officer Markley was transported to St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond where he died three hours later.

   The 23-year-old male suspect, who was intoxicated, was apprehended but later found not guilty of reckless homicide.

   Officer Markley was survived by his wife, 7-month-old son and father.

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