Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # 28
Cause: Vehicular assault
Offender: Convicted of manslaughter
Patrolman Neil Thompson was killed when a suspect fleeing other officers in a stolen ambulance intentionally rammed his patrol car.
Patrolman Thompson had pulled his marked squad car well off the travel portion of the roadway to avoid the oncoming speeding ambulance. The driver swerved off the roadway and intentionally struck the officer's stopped patrol car. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter.
Patrolman Thompson had served with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department for three years and was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and parents. In 2002, State Road 39 from U.S. 6 to U.S. 30 in LaPorte County was dedicated the Neil G. Thompson Memorial Highway in his honor.