Corporal Nick Samuel Polizzotto

Corporal Nick Samuel Polizzotto

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Nick Samuel Polizzotto

Corporal Nick Polizzotto was shot and killed while investigating a report of shots being fired at 1:37 am near an unoccupied nightclub in the 1700 block of Lincoln Way East.

Corporal Polizzotto and another officer arrived on the scene and were directed by witnesses to the suspect's room at the Wooden Indian Motel nearby. As they attempted to question the suspect at his door, the suspect shot at both officers, who returned fire. Corporal Polizzotto was killed in the exchange and the other officer was wounded. The suspect was killed by the officers.

Corporal Polizzotto had served with the South Bend Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his 8-year-old son, brother, sister and parents.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 2024

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Thinking of you today my friend, remembering the fun we had at the academy, after we made it through the first few weeks! We spent a lot of time hanging out eating peanuts and watching tv. I can still hear Lt. Baker yelling “Perkins and Polizzotto get over here!” It still bothers me that I could not make it there to support your family and fellow officers. I am sure they all felt the out pouring of love and prayer. I miss you my friend! God Bless!

Retired Lieutenant Dennis Perkins Jr.
Connersville Police Department

January 12, 2019

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