Trooper Robert John Lather, II

Trooper Robert John Lather, II

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1982

Robert John Lather, II

Trooper Robert Lather was killed when his cruiser was struck by a car that he and a Howard County deputy were trying to stop.

The deputy had called for assistance in stopping the vehicle, which was traveling at over 95 mph. Trooper Lather was in front of the vehicle attempting to slow it when the car struck the rear of his cruiser, causing it to crash.

Trooper Lather had served with the Indiana State Police for 7½ years and was assigned to the Peru post. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

Most Recent Reflection

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Bob, I was a Trooper assigned to the Seymour Post when You assisted me in booking a drunk driver into the Howard County jail. Thank You for that Sir. I also attended your funeral a few years later, so this posting has a close connection to You. I think of You and other Fallon Officers I have known through the years, especially on this day, Memorial Day.
My law enforcement career is different than most, as I ended my career as a Fresno California Police Officer & Ive had the Honor of working with Fantastic Officers like You in two very different locations.
Thank You for Your service my Brother, and God continue to Bless Your Family.

Officer Robert Gann
Fresno Police Department retired/ & former Indiana State Trooper

May 28, 2018

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