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Captain Carl Edward Summers | Lodi Police Department, Ohio Lodi Police Department, Ohio


Carl Edward Summers

Lodi Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, December 10, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 606

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 12/5/1977

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Apprehended

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Captain Carl Summers was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while conducting an investigation.

While officers engaged in a foot chase with an auto theft suspect, Captain Summers remained behind with the stolen vehicle and the police cars. When the officers returned to the scene of the stop, they found his body in the roadway next to the vehicles.

Investigation revealed that the suspect who had fled on foot was part of a car theft ring. When he had failed to return with the stolen truck two other members of the ring went to look for him. When they located the truck they observed Captain Summers standing next to it. They intentionally struck him with their vehicle's side-view mirror.

Despite being critically injured, Captain Summers was able to fire two shots and struck the truck. The truck was found a short time later and suspects were arrested.

Captain Summers slipped into a coma and succumbed to his injuries five days later.

Captain Summers had served with the agency for 7 years and had previously served with the United States Air Force. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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