Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck

Photo of Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck
End of Watch: Fri, Aug 15th, 1997
Date of Incident: Fri, Aug 15th, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 5 years
Age: 27


His wife, 11-month-old daughter, parents and seven sisters


Officer Eryk Heck was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded while investigating a burglary in progress.

The incident occured at approximately 0130 hours when the two officers discovered a truck parked in a remote area near the home of the burglary. While watching the truck the suspect appeared and the second officer approached him to question him. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking the second officer in the arm and knocking him to the ground.

Officer Heck then got in front of the wounded officer and returned fire. The suspect shot Officer Heck in the neck, leg and jaw. Officer Heck was able to shoot and kill the suspect before succumbing to his injuries, he was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.

State Road 3 between Interstate 69 north to the county line was dedicated the Eryk T. Heck Memorial Highway in his honor.


Allen County Sheriff's Department Patch
715 South Calhoun Street
Room 101 Courthouse
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 449-7535


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Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck
Left by David Heapes on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

One of the most selfless and bravest acts I have had the opportunity to read about.