Robert Kucken
East Chicago Police Department
Saturday, September 22, 1923

Age: 43
Served: 2 years, 6 months
Badge #: 128
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, September 22, 1923
12:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Chicago and Railroad avenues, East Chicago
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Killed by police
Burial Place:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond

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   Patrolman Robert Kucken and Patrolman Thomas Mitchell responded to a disturbance at Columbia Hall when two patrons drew revolvers and gunfire erupted.

   One suspect was fleeing through the back door as both officers entered through the front door. When ordered to halt, he dropped behind a table and opened fire before continuing to flee on foot.

   Upon being located a few blocks away the suspect again opened fire, striking Patrolman Kucken below the heart, who died instantly, and wounding Patrolman Mitchell three times who died the following day at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond.

   The 50-year-old suspect, who was wounded, fled the scene but was later apprehended at his home nearby and died the next day. Another man, who killed the business patron, was arrested for that shooting.

   Patrolman Kucken was survived by his wife and five small children.

Historical Note

• This incident was one of 24 which resulted in the line of duty deaths of two officers.

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