Detective Sergeant
Jack Robert Ohrberg
Indianapolis Police Department
Thursday, December 11, 1980

Age: 44
Served: 19 years
Badge #: 911
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, December 11, 1980
05:30 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3544 North Oxford Street, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
AR-15 assault rifle
Suspect Disposition:
• Executed in 1994
• Executed in 1996
• Discharged in 2012
Burial Place:

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   Detective Sergeant Jack Ohrberg was shot and killed while serving murder warrants.

   Several gang members were being investigated for armed robberies at an American Fletcher National Bank branch and a K-Mart store in which a Brink's guard was killed.

   After officers proceeded to the suspects' residence, he and another officer forced the front door open. Two shots were fired from inside, striking Detective Sergeant Ohrberg.

   He was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he died over an hour later.

   Five individuals were subsequently arrested. Three male suspects, one of whom had been wounded, were later convicted of murder and two were sentenced to death.

   On December 8, 1994, a 29-year-old offender became the last person in the state to be executed by electrocution.

   On July 18, 1996, the 26-year-old wounded offender, who was determined to have fired the fatal shot, became the first person in the state to be executed by lethal injection.

   A third offender, 26, was sentenced to 60 years in prison and discharged in 2012.

   A 23-year-old female was charged with assisting a criminal when she provided medical care to the third offender after the bank robbery.

   A 21-year-old female, who was a police clerk and second cousin to two of the offenders, was charged with assisting a criminal for providing details during the investigation. After passing a polygraph examination, the charge was dismissed by the prosecutor.

   Detective Sergeant Ohrberg was survived by his wife, four children and one grandson.

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