Merrillville police officer dies after Friday night shooting

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (September 7, 2014) – Officer Nickolaus Schultz, shot wile responding to a call Friday night, has passed away, Merrillville police dispatch confirms. He was 24.

Schultz was responding to a man who was moving into an apartment he was previously evicted from. Shots were exchanged when Schultz arrived on scene, and he was hit in the head. The suspect was shot and killed as well.

Governor Pence has released a statement on the passing of officer Schultz:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Merrillville Police Officer Nickolaus Schultz and join his family and friends as they mourn the loss of this Indiana hero. After only one year in uniform, Officer Schultz courageously risked his life fulfilling his oath to serve and protect the people of Merrillville and Lake County. As we grieve his passing, we are reminded of the extraordinary sacrifices that our state’s law enforcement officers and their families make every day. On behalf of all Hoosiers, the First Lady and I offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends and all who admired this courageous young police officer. The service and sacrifice of Officer Nickolaus Schultz will be remembered always by the people of Indiana.”