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Corporal James John Szuba | Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana


James John Szuba

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 7 years, 10 months

Badge # 20172

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 32½ years

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Corporal James Szuba and his canine partner, Ricky, were killed when their squad car was struck while assisting with a pursuit.

At about 9:20 pm, Corporal Szuba was proceeding northbound on Byrkit Avenue as it turns into Fir Road when his squad car was sideswiped by a drunken driver being pursued by another officer. The suspect had swerved around a vehicle parked at the stoplight at McKinley Highway when he hit the oncoming squad car of Corporal Szuba and Ricky, who were both killed instantly.

The 31-year-old suspect, who had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, was on probation for an 18-month sentence for delivery and manufacturing of marijuana. He was later convicted and sentenced to 32½ years for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, resisting law enforcement and possession of controlled substances.

Corporal Szuba had served with the Mishawaka Police Department for over 7½ years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, two brothers and two sisters. One brother currently serves as a sergeant and their father was a retired officer with the South Bend Police Department.

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Jim this year is a hard one without you. I've missed you so much especially now that I am a Grammie of two beautiful babies. I wish you could be here because I know you would have been the best grandpa. It's so bittersweet that they bring me such joy but knowing you can't be here with us breaks my heart. I know they have the best guardian angel anyone could have. I love you, I miss you and I'm sending hugs and kisses to you. Give Ricky and Sam big hugs from mama. One day we'll be together again ❤️

Debbie Szuba
January 18, 2016


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