Robert Otto Lietzan
Indiana State Police
Sunday, March 30, 1969

Age: 31
Served: 7 years, 7 months
Badge #:
Panel 19W, Line 14
Panel L18, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, March 30, 1969
01:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Stipps Hill Road near Salt Creek
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Salt Creek
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Released in 1993
Burial Place:
Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville

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   Trooper Robert Lietzan was shot and killed after responding to a call of a mentally deranged subject shooting around a camping area three miles west of Metamora.

   About an hour earlier, two young boys had told their parents that a man had chased them away from the area. When their parent's returned and approached him near his vehicle, he shot over their heads, causing them to flee and alert law enforcement.

   As Trooper Lietzan and sheriff's deputies arrived they found a man in a barricaded position in a wooded area. While attempting to get the suspect to surrender, he opened fire with a rifle, fatally striking Trooper Lietzan in the head before being taken into custody.

   He was taken to Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville where he was dead on arrival.

   The 24-year-old suspect, a former patient at two state mental hospitals, was charged with first-degree murder in a death penalty case. He was later convicted of second-degree murder by a jury, sentenced to life in prison and released in 1993.

   Trooper Lietzan, from Westville, was assigned to the Connersville post. He was survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, mother and two brothers.

Military Service

United States Navy
Radioman Petty Officer Third Class (RM3)

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