CHICAGO (AP) — A procession of about 40 police squad cars from across northwestern Indiana escorted the body of a slain Merrillville police officer from a hospital to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Tuesday.
The officers accompanied the body of Nickolaus Schultz from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, on Tuesday morning, The (Munster) Times reported.
The Lowell native’s body will be escorted to Sheets Funeral Home in Lowell by local law enforcement officers on Wednesday after an autopsy at the medical examiner’s office, said Joe Hamer, chairman of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police Critical Incident and Memorial Team.
Nickolaus Schultz died Sunday, two days after a man wearing body armor shot the 24-year-old officer in the head during an apparent ambush. Officials said 33-year-old Michael Hrnciar broke into a Merrillville condominium from which he had been evicted and fatally shot himself Friday night after shooting Schultz.
The Times reports Schultz’s parents chose to donate his organs.
Schultz’s family has returned home for “much needed rest” and to be alone after being at the hospital since late Friday night, Hamer said.
Schultz was a 2009 graduate of Lowell High School and an offensive lineman on the school’s 2007 Class 4A state runner-up football team. He also was a captain of the football team at Franklin College, south of Indianapolis.
Schultz had just finished his one-year probationary period with the Merrillville Police Department since being hired in July 2013 in the 35,000-person town just south of Gary.
Schultz is the third Indiana police officer gunned down on the job this summer. Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield, 47, was found slain in his patrol car on July 6, the day after Indianapolis Officer Perry Renn, 51, was killed during a shootout in an alley.
Gov. Mike Pence paid tribute to the fallen law enforcement officers Tuesday evening at the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service outside the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com
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