K9 Ricky

K9 Ricky

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 9, 2010

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K9 Ricky and his handler, Corporal James Szuba, were killed when their squad car was struck by a drunk driver 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.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Not available
  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved

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Such a tragic event that ended the life of a great Officer and his trusty K9 Ricky. The City lead a processional of Police Cars in an event to display their grief at the loss. I had two dogs at the time and walked them down to the steps of the "Old" Police station on the east edge of the highway to pay our respects. My dogs were usually distracted and pulling and rambunctious. When that processional went by...they both sat quietly. There was barking taking place inside one of the Police Cars that passed. We all looked at each other. The tears welled in my eyes. God Speed Corporal Szuba and K9 Ricky.

Richard Howard Civilian supporter.

January 7, 2024

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