Patrolman Neil G. Thompson

Patrolman Neil G. Thompson

LaPorte County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 21, 1980

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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 38-year-old suspect, who has been in and out of mental institutions for 17 years, was convicted of reckless homicide and vehicle theft. He was convicted under a new state law in which he was found guilty but insane. This gave officials the discretion of having him serve his 12 years in a prison, a mental hospital, or some of both.

Patrolman Thompson was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the LaPorte County Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, parents, brother and sister.

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 Sentenced to 12 years

EDP, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 21, 2020

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