Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Sergeant John Hatfull was shot and killed while leading an emergency response team into the rural home of a suicidal man in Posey County.
He was airlifted from the scene to Welborn Hospital in Evansville where he died about an hour later.
The 47-year-old man, who had held police at bay for over two hours, died by suicide.
Sergeant Hatfull, from Evansville, was assigned to the Evansville post. He was survived by his wife, 12-year-old son, 18-year-old daughter and mother. After his death, he was promoted to lieutenant, the agency's only officer to ever receive a posthumous promotion.
United States Marine Corps
• In 2013, the Interstate 64 bridge over the Big Bayou River in Posey County was dedicated the Sergeant John E. Hatfull Memorial Bridge in his honor.