Conservation Officer James Dallas Pitzer

Conservation Officer James Dallas Pitzer

Indiana Department of Conservation, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, January 1, 1961

James Dallas Pitzer

Conservation Officer James Pitzer was shot and killed while investigating two men who were illegally hunting rabbits in Jay County.

One of the men was a recent parolee who served 31 years for murder and feared he would be sent back to prison. He then shot and killed Conservation Officer Pitzer, who died instantly from a single shotgun blast which struck him in the head. There was no indication of a robbery, but Conservation Officer Pitzer's .38-caliber service revolver had been ripped from its holster and was not found at the scene.

Conservation Officer Pitzer had served with the Indiana Department of Conservation for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Indiana Division of Natural Resources - Division of Law Enforcement's highest commendation award is named the Pitzer Award in honor Officer Pitzer and is awarded annually.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

Most Recent Reflection

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My grandfather's life was taken before I was born. I think about all the life events missed because of a senseless act of violence. My grandmother never forgot his death. She lived with us for several years and reflected about hid death and what a great husband and father my grandfather was to them. My great Uncles all stepped in to take over the role of grandfather and for that I will be forever grateful.
I will attend his roadside service on June 11, 2018 in Portland, Indiana and will support my mother through this time of remembrance.

Julie Hancher

May 21, 2018

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