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Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck | Allen County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Allen County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Police Officer

Eryk Todd Heck

Allen County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, August 15, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 188

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Eryk Heck was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded after responding to a burglary in progress.

While investigating the burglary at 1:30 am the two officers discovered a truck parked in a remote area near the home. As the officers watched the truck, the suspect appeared and the second officer approached to question him. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking the second officer in the arm and knocking him to the ground.

Officer Heck then got in front of the wounded officer and returned fire when he was shot in the neck, leg and jaw. He was able to shoot and kill the suspect before succumbing to his injuries. Officer Heck was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.

Officer Heck had served with the Allen County Sheriff's Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, 11-month-old daughter, parents and seven sisters. His mother had also served with the Allen County Sheriff's Department. In 1999, State Road 3 between Interstate 69 north to the county line was dedicated the Eryk T. Heck Memorial Highway in his honor.

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Just wanted to say thank you for being the brave and heroic officer you were. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. The mentor that taught me to be a safe, sound and fair officer just so happened to be partnered with you on ACPD. I owe you thanks for that, as well. Keeping him safe meant that he would progress through his career and eventually keep me safe. May you rest easy and may your family always be aware that support and appreciation for them and you always exists.

Whitley County SD
November 12, 2016


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