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Corporal Thomas J. DeRue, Sr. | South Bend Police Department, Indiana South Bend Police Department, Indiana

Corporal

Thomas J. DeRue, Sr.

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, November 14, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 168

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Apprehended

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Corporal Thomas DeRue was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery. As he arrived on the scene the suspect exited the business and shot him before he could exit his patrol car. Corporal DeRue was shot once in the chest and once in the abdomen and died from internal bleeding at the scene. The suspect was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. His sentence was later reduced to 15 to 25 years which he served. Since his release he has been in and out of prison for eight other felonies. His last sentence was for seven years on October 9, 2013, for stealing meat from a South Bend grocery store.

Corporal DeRue had served with the South Bend Police Department for six years. He was survived by his expectant wife.

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Officer DeRue,

Today you were remembered in a very special way by the students in fourth period Language Arts class at Schmucker Middle School in Mishawaka Indiana.

You are a true hero!

Love,
Elizabeth DeRue, niece and student
Theresa Jewell, Daughter of Retired Police Cpt. Paul Jewell and Schmucker Language Arts Teacher
And the entire fourth period Language Arts class

Theresa Jewell and Elizabeth DeRue
Teacher and Student, Daughter of Retired South Bend Cpt. Paul Jewell
February 19, 2016

 

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