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Sergeant Ronald L. Lampe | Henry County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Henry County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Sergeant

Ronald L. Lampe

Henry County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 9, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 6 years, 6 months

Badge # 33-5

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Acquitted

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Sergeant Ronald Lampe was shot and killed while attempting to serve a narcotics warrant on a home with five other officers.

Two plainclothes officers went to the front door and attempted to gain entry by claiming they were there for a party that was going on. The suspect was nervous and did not let the officers in. They walked back down the street and informed Sergeant Lampe of the situation. Sergeant Lampe decided to continue with the warrant service and proceeded to the back door with two officers while three other officers went to the front door.

The officers in the back knocked on the door but did not receive an answer. They then entered the dark house and identified themselves as officers. While they searched the house the suspect opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle, striking one of the officers in the chest, wounding him. Sergeant Lampe was also struck several times and died of his wounds.

The suspect was apprehended but was acquitted during trial after claiming he did not hear the knock on the door or the officers announcing themselves and that he fired in self-defense.

Sergeant Lampe had served with the Henry County Sheriff's Department for 6½ years.

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Ron, I read these sentiments and I really don't know what to say, It's been 35 yrs since we kicked that door, I still smell the smoke and flesh burning when I think on it, and hear you screaming trying to get to me. It was tough,but I went on and just finished my 32nd year in Police Work. I believe I've done some good work and helped, so I hope you look down and feel your sacrifice was worth it.I keep in touch with your family and you would be so very proud your grandchildren are beautiful. I hope the Lord feels I've done a good enough job to see you again so I can thank you.

Sgt. Paul Richard Scott
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.
October 21, 2015

 

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