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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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It's been 6 years and 10 months now. Words cannot describe how much this still hurts. You're alway the first thing I think of each morning and the last thing I think of each night. Missing you and not having you here with us is the hardest thing I will ever do. Today marks our 29th Anniversary my love how I wish you were here. We have 2 beautiful grandbabies now who I know you have been watching over. I can't say enough how very much you are missed and loved. I love you Jim, Happy Anniversary

Wife, Debbie Szuba
October 17, 2016


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