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Sergeant Walter Kevin Artz | Vigo County Sheriff's Office, Indiana Vigo County Sheriff's Office, Indiana


Walter Kevin Artz

Vigo County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 1, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 84-12

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sergeant Walter Artz was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance.

As officers attempted to calm the man down at the back door of the home the man suddenly began firing, fatally wounding Sergeant Artz. Officers returned fire and wounded the man, who then committed suicide.

Sergeant Artz had served with the Vigo County Sheriff's Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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I was a patient at Union Hospital giving birth to my third child, a son. He was born at 7:02pm which was the same time that Officer Artz was brought to the hospital. My husband told me about all the action going on. almost 28 years later, I still remember that night and how sad it was for his family while at the same time I was experiencing extreme joy with my new baby. every year on my sons birthday, we remember Officer Artz. Although I never knew him, I have always felt that I was connected. I have always wanted to reach out to his wife and daughters to tell them that.

October 22, 2015


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