Patrolman Neil G. Thompson

Patrolman Neil G. Thompson

LaPorte County Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 21, 1980

Neil G. Thompson

Patrolman Neil Thompson was killed when a suspect fleeing other officers in a stolen ambulance intentionally rammed his patrol car.

Patrolman Thompson had pulled his marked squad car well off the travel portion of the roadway to avoid the oncoming speeding ambulance. The driver swerved off the roadway and intentionally struck the officer's stopped patrol car. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter.

Patrolman Thompson had served with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department for three years and was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and parents. In 2002, State Road 39 from U.S. 6 to U.S. 30 in LaPorte County was dedicated the Neil G. Thompson Memorial Highway in his honor.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 28
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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Patrolman Thompson,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 21, 2017

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