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Conservation Officer James Dallas Pitzer | Indiana Department of Conservation, Indiana Indiana Department of Conservation, Indiana

Conservation Officer

James Dallas Pitzer

Indiana Department of Conservation, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, January 1, 1961

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 20 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Not available

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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.

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