Patrolman Robert Kucken

Patrolman Robert Kucken

East Chicago Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Saturday, September 22, 1923

Robert Kucken

Patrolman Robert Kucken and Patrolman Thomas Mitchell responded to a disturbance shortly after midnight at a local soft drink parlor which had erupted into gunfire when two patrons drew revolvers and began firing.

One suspect was fleeing through the back door when both officers entered through the front door and commanded him to halt. He dropped behind a table and opened fire on the officers.

The suspect who shot both officers was shot and killed. Another suspect, who killed the business' patron, was arrested for that murder.

Patrolman Kucken was killed instantly and Patrolman Thomas Mitchell succumbed to his wounds the following day.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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You and your partner served the City of East Chicago well and in doing so gave everything. You will always be held in a special spot in the police world. Thank you, you are remembered even as time passes.

Retired Detective David Gemeinhart #381
Current Special Agent Norfolk Souther Railroad

May 23, 2015

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