Trooper Scott A. Patrick, 27, was shot in the neck when he stopped to check a vehicle with flat tires on an expressway exit ramp in Gary, according to the Indiana State Police.
As Patrick approached the driver, who was walking away from the car, the man pulled a pistol and shot Patrick above his bulletproof vest, police said. Patrick died at North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary.
Patrick was the 42nd trooper to die on duty since 1933 and the fourth Indiana police officer to die on the job this month. The last trooper killed on duty was Jason E. Beal, struck by a vehicle on Jan. 15, 2000, in Kosciusko County.