Detective Elza (Tip) O'Dell

Photo of Detective Elza (Tip) O'Dell
End of Watch: Sat, Jan 31st, 1953
Date of Incident: Sat, Jan 24th, 1953
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 9 years
Age: 42


Detective O'Dell and his partner were trying to arrest a suspect wanted on a complaint that he had gone to his ex-wife's home with knife when he was shot. He died from his wounds one week later.

Officer O'Dell was the first black officer killed in the line of duty in Lake County.


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555 Polk Street
Gary, Indiana 46402
(219) 881-1207


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