Corporal Paul Richard Deguch

Corporal Paul Richard Deguch

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, August 24, 1997

Paul Richard Deguch

Corporal Paul Deguch was shot and killed while questioning a suspect who was riding a bike in a high drug traffic area. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Corporal Deguch several times, including once in the head, as he was being searched for weapons. Corporal Deguch was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to wound one hour later.

The 16-year-old suspect was arrested three hours later and charged with murder. On July 9, 1999, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Corporal Deguch had served with the South Bend Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife, 2-month-old daughter and two young sons.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 454

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I remember you from the academy as a quiet gentle strong man. It was after your murder that I realized that this could happen to any of us out there. RIP.... You'll never be forgotten

Former Sheriff's Deputy
Marion County Sheriff, Indiana

March 22, 2016

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