Corporal James John Szuba

Corporal James John Szuba

Mishawaka Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, January 9, 2010

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James John Szuba

Corporal James Szuba and his canine partner, Ricky, were killed when their squad car was struck while assisting with a pursuit.

At about 9:20 pm, Corporal Szuba was proceeding northbound on Byrkit Avenue as it turns into Fir Road when his squad car was sideswiped by a drunken driver being pursued by another officer. The suspect had swerved around a vehicle parked at the stoplight at McKinley Highway when he hit the oncoming squad car of Corporal Szuba and Ricky, who were both killed instantly.

The 31-year-old suspect, who had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, was on probation for an 18-month sentence for delivery and manufacturing of marijuana. He was later convicted and sentenced to 32½ years for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, resisting law enforcement and possession of controlled substances.

Corporal Szuba had served with the Mishawaka Police Department for over 7½ years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, two brothers and two sisters. One brother currently serves as a sergeant and their father was a retired officer with the South Bend Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 7 years, 10 months
  • Badge 20172

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 32½ years

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Happy Heavenly Anniversary Jim. 34 years it’s been 11 years and 10 months since you were taken from us. Time passes by but it doesn’t lessen the pain that you are not here. I miss your smile, your touch, your teasing ways. You never leave my mind and my heart. I’m broken I wish desperately to hear your voice and feel your arms holding me tight, see that smile on your face. Time seems to pass so slowly it’s unbearable that you can’t be here. I love you and miss you so much. Life’s not the same and neither am I. I love you forever, you are my other half. I am lost without you.

Debbie Szuba
Wife

October 17, 2021

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