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Patrolman John A. Utlak | Niles Police Department, Ohio Niles Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

John A. Utlak

Niles Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 8, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 23

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman John Utlak was shot and killed by two juvenile suspects during an undercover narcotics investigation. Patrolman Utlak was meeting with the two suspects when he was shot three times with a .22 caliber handgun. His body was found the following day in a parking lot on Hunter Street.

Patrolman Utlak and his partner had met the with the suspects on two prior occasions and were using them as informants in a case. Patrolman Utlak was meeting with the suspects alone because his partner had the day off. The two suspects were apprehended several days later in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The suspects were returned to Ohio and the 18-year-old suspect who shot him was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison with eligibility for parole. He was denied parole in October of 2012. His next parole hearing is August, 2022.

Patrolman Utlak had served with the Niles Police Department for five years. He was survived by his parents, two sisters, and step-parents.

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johnny, i was young when this horrible thing happened but i remember it like it was yesterday. You were always there for me and help me in so many facets of my young life. The big brother i never had. I miss you and love you cuz. May god rest your soul . SO reserve a court we will play tennis again one day.

allen chubb
cousin
June 19, 2014

 

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