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Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck

Allen County Sheriff's Department

Police Officer Eryk Todd Heck

Allen County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch: Friday, August 15, 1997

Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 188

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, August 15, 1997
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Officer Eryk Heck was shot and killed and another officer was shot and wounded after responding to a burglary in progress. While investigating the burglary at 0130 hours the two deputies discovered a truck parked in a remote area near the home. 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 when he was shot in the neck, leg and jaw. Officer Heck was able to shoot and kill the suspect before succumbing to his injuries. Officer Heck was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.

Officer Heck had served with the Allen County Sheriff's Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, 11-month-old daughter, parents and seven sisters. His mother had also served with the Allen County Sheriff's Department. State Road 3 between Interstate 69 north to the county line was dedicated the Eryk T. Heck Memorial Highway in his honor.






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