Officer John L. Sullivan

Officer John L. Sullivan

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, July 23, 1952

John L. Sullivan

Officer John Sullivan was shot and killed as he returned home from work and interrupted a man who had broken into his house and was attacking his wife.

Officer Sullivan, who was still in uniform, ordered the man to come out of the house, but was met with gunfire and struck in the chest. He was able to return fire and wound the suspect. The man was apprehended a short time later and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Sullivan had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Uncle John,
I never had the honor of meeting you, although your name comes up in many conversations. I wish my family stayed close to our family in Indiana. I DO know however my Dad carried an undying sorrow, sadness
For your family. However he had an undying "heartache" towards your assailant.
Thank OUR GOD for HIS forgiveness, as HE forgave US.
Oz Sullivan

Oz Sullivan

October 30, 2017

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