Detective Michael G. Rusnak

Detective Michael G. Rusnak

Gary Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, June 11, 1966

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Michael G. Rusnak

Detective Michael Rusnak was investigating a disturbance at 21st Avenue and Vermont Street when he was shot and killed.

The tavern's manager had reported that a man was waving a gun at the patrons. Upon the officer's arrival, Detective Rusnak was shot through the heart as he entered the side door. The suspect was chased three blocks and caught by his partner, Officer George Lowe, who ironically was also shot and killed in the line of duty nearly four years later.

The suspect was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, and committed suicide while incarcerated.

Detective Rusnak was a United States Coast Guard Reserve World War II veteran who had served with the Gary Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Your wonderful son who was a brother to me will be truly missed but he's with you, Aunt Pat, and Jimmy. I know he's in your and God's hands.

Mary Ann Pizxinato

August 3, 2019

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