Patrolman James Roy Wittchen

Patrolman James Roy Wittchen

Schererville Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, February 24, 1973

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James Roy Wittchen

Patrolman James Wittchen was checking on a report of a burglary in progress and was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer who mistook him for an armed burglar in the night shadows.

Patrolman Wittchen had served with the Schererville Police Department for 3½ years.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity

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Patrolman Wittchen,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your f death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Schererville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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February 24, 2023

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