Lieutenant Michael J. Lutz

Lieutenant Michael J. Lutz

Muskingum County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 12, 1994

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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.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 12

Incident Details

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

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Lt. Lutz,
My father had the distinct honor of serving with you, as a Zanesville police officer. Even before your tragic death, he spoke highly of you. When I received word of that terrible day, 12-July-1994, I immediately drove to my father's home to comfort him because I knew he was devastated. Your memory has been immortalized with the naming of Ohio Route 60 in between Zanesville and Duncan Falls, and the bridge spanning the Muskingum River connecting Duncan Falls and Philo, Lt. Mike Lutz highway and bridge. God bless.

Scott G. Fisher

November 30, 2019

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