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Patrolman Jerry R. Ivey | Salina Police Department, Kansas Salina Police Department, Kansas

Patrolman

Jerry R. Ivey

Salina Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Friday, June 13, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # 44

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Jerry Ivey was shot and killed by a suspect armed with a Browning high-powered 9-mm semi-automatic pistol after he attempted to stop a car used in a robbery moments earlier. The suspect sprayed Patrolman Ivey with mace and the two exchanged gunfire. As Patrolman Ivey reached for his shotgun he was shot in the back. The suspect was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On July 19, 1977, he escaped from prison. Six days later a family of three found themselves at the mercy of the suspect when they stopped to give him aid after the stolen car he was driving broke down near Washington, Illinois. At gunpoint the suspect forced the man and his wife to drive him to a Ramada Inn in Bloomington.

After he bound and gagged the man he attempted to rape the couples 5 year-old little girl. The woman was able to grab the suspects gun, free her husband, and then they both beat him into submission. The suspect was returned to prison where he died January 2, 1984.

Patrolman Ivey was survived by his wife and three children.

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Jerry was one of the reasons I became a cop. I had previously considered applying but contact with Jerry convinced me. He came to my aid when I fell on a snow covered street and treated me with kindness and respect.

I had just gotten to bed after getting off the 11pm-7am shift when I got a phone call from the PD saying there had been an armed robbery and an officer had been shot. I didn't learn it was Jerry until I reached the PD.

Because my foot and ankle was in a cast I wasn't able to join the field officers during the search for the suspect. Rather, I was assigned to the hospital where I was to preserve any potential evidence. This was the first of many autopsys during my career.

Jerry's death strengthened the bond of area law enforcement officers and June 13th is a date I'll never forget. I'm proud to have known him.

Lt. Carl Kiltz (Retired)
Salina Police Department
June 13, 2017

 

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