Officer Matt John Faber

Officer Matt John Faber

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 1988

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Matt John Faber

Officer Matt Faber succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered nine days earlier after being hit by a shotgun blast in the back while responding to an animal complaint in the 2900 block of Arthington Boulevard.

After speaking with the complainant, Officer Faber went across the street to speak with the dog owner. The subject began to struggle with Officer Faber and then ran into his house. When backup officers arrived they attempted to enter the house to arrest the man. The man attempted to block the door and then retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun as the officers entered. Upon seeing the armed subject, the officers attempted to retreat from the home but the man opened fire, striking Officer Faber in the back.

The subject was shot and wounded by return fire. He was subsequently charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to only seven years in prison.

Officer Faber had served with the Indianapolis Police Department for just over one year. He was survived by his wife, who also served with the Indianapolis Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 463

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 14, 1988
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 7 years

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Those of us college friends called you Matt. I remember you well, Matt, from those many years ago at IUPUI. I remember reading about your death after seeing the report on the evening's TV news. I was shocked to hear of your death! I'm sure, ALL our class-mates were shocked. We were all such a tight knit group of friends. Thank you for your service to the community, and the sacrifice you made. Lost were all the future contributions you were sure to make. You were such a fine young man, and you'll always be one of my heroes.

Administrator Kent Weaver
Howard County Health Department

January 30, 2019

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