Officer John L. Sullivan

Officer John L. Sullivan

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Wednesday, July 23, 1952

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John L. Sullivan

Officer Jack Sullivan was shot and killed as he returned home from work and interrupted a 17-year-old youth who had broken into his house and was attacking his wife.

Officer Sullivan, who was still in uniform, entered his bedroom to find his pregnant wife tied up and being raped by the suspect. As his wife yelled that he had a gun, the suspect shot him in the chest. He was able to return fire and wound the suspect in the arm.

The youth was apprehended a short time later and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 1978. Three years later, he was jailed after being caught driving without a license and felony possession of a firearm.

Officer Sullivan was a United States Marine Corps WWII Purple Heart veteran who had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for three years. He was survived by his expectant wife, two children, parents, and four brothers.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1978

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