Patrolman Thomas M. Mitchell

Patrolman Thomas M. Mitchell

East Chicago Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, September 23, 1923

Thomas M. Mitchell

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


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 22, 1923
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your work and what your partner gave is not forgotten. You guys faced death and still forged on against the odds. The East Chicago Police will always remember all that the two of you gave, EVERYTHING! Thank you.

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

May 23, 2015

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