Trooper Robert Otto Lietzan

Trooper Robert Otto Lietzan

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, March 30, 1969

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Robert Otto Lietzan

Trooper Robert Lietzan was shot and killed after responding to a call of a mentally deranged subject shooting around a camping area near Metamora in Franklin County.

As Trooper Lietzan and sheriff's deputies arrived they found a man in a barricaded position. While attempting to get the suspect to surrender, he opened fire with a rifle, fatally striking Trooper Lietzan in the head before being taken into custody.

The suspect was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on November 14, 1969.

Trooper Lietzan had served with the Indiana State Police for over 7½ years and was assigned to the Connersville post. He was a US Navy veteran. Trooper Lietzan was survived by his wife and 4-year-old daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years, 7 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Hi Bob, I am grateful to have you as brother. Our brother Lewis and I enjoyed the time you took us to the time trials for the Indianapolis 500. I remember the time our grandfather and mother came to Connersville to visit with your family, and the time you took me to the Brookville Lake. All were unforgettable. Lewis died in June 2015. I miss you both. I will see you in heaven.
Love you,

Jim Lietzan

October 9, 2016

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