Lieutenant Michael J. Lutz

Lieutenant Michael J. Lutz

Muskingum County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 12, 1994

Michael J. Lutz

Lieutenant Michael Lutz was shot and killed while fighting with a burglary suspect at 0430 hours. The suspect was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death but the sentence was overturned by the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2004 the suspect was re-sentenced to 60 years to life. His first parole hearing is in 2050.

Lieutenant Lutz had been with the agency for 16 years and was survived by his wife and son. His son was a deputy with the department at the time of his father's death, and was elected sheriff of the same county, Muskingum, in 2008.

Bio

  • Age 48
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 12

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Death sentence overturned

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Lieutenant Michael J. Lutz of the Muskingum County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 12, 2018

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