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Marshal James E. St. John Police Department, Indiana


James E. "Red" Larimer

St. John Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, February 20, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 30 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .25 caliber

Offender: Died in prison

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Marshal James Larimer and Indiana State Trooper John Streu were shot and killed while arresting two suspects for kidnapping, robbery and auto theft.

At 7:00 am, the two officers had responded to a report of two suspicious men sleeping in a vehicle behind Kolling Elementary School. The officers handcuffed one of the men and placed him in the cruiser when the second man opened fire, striking Marshal Larimer.

Trooper Streu returned fire, striking the subject. He then left his gun in the front seat and went to the aid of Marshal Larimer. When he did so the handcuffed man reached over the seat, picked up Trooper Streu's weapon, and shot him. One man, who had escaped from a penal farm, was sentenced to two life terms and died in prison in 2009. The other man was sentenced to life in prison and was denied parole several times. He subsequently died in prison in 2015.

Marshal Larimer had served with the St. John Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the Hammond Police Department for 22 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

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Trooper John Joseph Streu
Indiana State Police, Indiana
End of Watch: Saturday, February 20, 1971
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace, Marshal Larimer. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

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April 6, 2013


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