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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Jim and Ricky,
TEN years, doesn’t seem possible you’ve been gone so long. It’s still hard, still everyday I think of you first thought and last. I wish it could have been so different, that you could be here for Josh and Steph, for Peyton, Emmett and Loretta. I wish they could have known what a great grandpa you would have been. I miss you so much, I Love you , you Jim and Ricky are my heroes. Love and so many hugs .
Love , Debbie

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January 9, 2020

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