Detective Elza "Tip" O'Dell

Detective Elza "Tip" O'Dell

Gary Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 31, 1953

Elza "Tip" O'Dell

Detective Elza O'Dell succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered one week earlier after being shot when he and his partner tried to arrest a subject at 1225 Washington Street.

The officers had responded after the man's ex-wife complained he had come to her house with a knife. They followed the subject into a building and confronted him, at which time he shot Detective O'Dell five times. The suspect was shot three times by Detective O'Dell and later charged with murder. Detective O'Dell, who was shot in the throat, abdomen and right leg, lingered for a week before he died from his injuries.

Detective O'Dell had served with the Gary Police Department for 17 years. He was Lake County's first African-American police officer killed in the line of duty.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 24, 1953
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and wounded

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