Paul Budich
East Chicago Police Department
Sunday, April 20, 1924

Age: 37
Served: 12 years
Badge #: 120
Panel 7W, Line 11
Panel L32, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, April 10, 1924

Incident to Death Duration:
10 days
Incident Location:
3547 Pennsylvania Avenue, East Chicago
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Died in prison
Burial Place:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Hammond

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   Patrolman Paul Budich was shot and killed inside a soft drink parlor in the area of Indiana Harbor then known as ''Little Mexico.''

   He was shot point-blank in the abdomen while rounding up suspects in the shootings earlier that week of three Gary police officers, all of whom survived.

   Patrolman Budich was taken to Mercy Hospital where he died from the wounds he suffered ten days later on Easter.

   The 24-year-old wounded suspect, who fled the scene, was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1926 after three stays of execution, Governor Edward L. Jackson commuted his sentence to life in prison where he died in 1929.

   Patrolman Budich had been hired as the replacement for Patrolman Jacub Manka who was killed in the line of duty less than a quarter-mile away nearly 10 years earlier.

   He had previously served with the Gary Police Department for three years. Patrolman Budich was survived by his wife and two small daughters.

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