Paul Albert Kortepeter
Indianapolis Police Department
Wednesday, January 19, 1983

Age: 39
Served: 13 years, 3 months
Badge #:
Panel 51E, Line 13
Panel L1, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, January 19, 1983
11:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Maywood Road and Tibbs Avenue, Indianapolis
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
• Discharged in 2016
• Charges dismissed
Burial Place:
Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis

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   Officer Paul Kortepeter was killed when his patrol car was struck by a pickup truck that was fleeing from an armed robbery of a Taco Bell restaurant.

   The two male suspects had fled and were being pursued by two Indiana State Police troopers and a Marion County deputy sheriff when Officer Kortepeter joined the pursuit.

   As the pickup truck entered a curve in the roadway, it crossed the center line and struck the patrol car of Officer Kortepeter head-on.

   He was transported to Wishard Hospital where he died from severe chest and head injuries a short time later.

   Both suspects were charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, reckless homicide, vehicle theft and resisting law enforcement. The 30-year-old driver was convicted of murder, sentenced to 70 years in prison and discharged in 2016.

   Charges against the 31-year-old suspect were later dismissed.

   Officer Kortepeter was survived by his 13-year-old son, 10-year-old daughter and mother.

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