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Patrolman Lawrence J. Pucalik | Hammond Police Department, Indiana Hammond Police Department, Indiana


Lawrence J. Pucalik

Hammond Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, November 14, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years, 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Arrested in 2012

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Patrolman Lawrence Pucalik was shot and killed while working an off-duty security job at a local hotel at 3:00 am.

While in an office nearby, he heard a commotion at the front desk as several armed suspects entered and attempted to rob the hotel clerk. As Patrolman Pucalik came out of the office with his gun drawn the suspects opened fire, striking him in the neck.

In July 2012, 31 years after his murder, three suspects were arrested and charged with murdering Patrolman Pucalik.

Patrolman Pucalik had served with the Hammond Police Department for over 6-1/2 years. He was scheduled to receive his department's ''Top Gun'' award later in the day.

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I'm Larry's step daughter and want to say he was a wonderful father to me I've never forgot his strength his picture hangs in my living room and I will never forget him miss him may justice be served one day

christie watson
step daughter
February 21, 2017


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