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04-24-07, 01:26 PM #1
South Bend IN Cpl Nick Polizzotto
I can't believe we lost another officer- a year and one day to the day that we lost Sev.
April 24. 2007 6:59AM
South Bend officer shot to death
Details still unclear; police describe tragedy as “surreal.”
Tribune Staff Report
SOUTH BEND - A police officer is dead and another is in stable condition after the two were shot early today on the city's southeast side.
Cpl. Nick Polizzotto died from his wounds, according to Police Chief Thomas Fautz. Patrolman Michael Norby was wounded and remains hospitalized Tuesday.
The officers were responding to a call of shots fired at 1:37 a.m. when they were injured near the Wooden Indian Motel, 1631 Lincoln Way E., Fautz said at a news conference this morning.
A lone gunman reportedly shot the officers and was also killed during the shootout, Fautz said.
Both officers were rushed to Memorial Hospital after the shooting, where Polizzotto later died. Norby was in stable condition and is recovering.
More than 50 emergency units responded to the scene. Members of the South Bend SWAT team had cleared all the rooms at the motel in a search for additional victims as of about 3:15 a.m., according to police.
“We cleared every single room in that complex,” SWAT member Lt. Scott Ruszkowski said shortly after the news conference, “and got everyone out of the rooms.”
As of about 10 a.m., a large part of Lincoln Way East in the area of the Wooden Indian is still closed to traffic.
News of Polizzotto’s death sent a heavy wave of grief through the police department, especially after the loss of another officer exactly one year ago.
Cpl. Scott L. Severns was shot last year during a robbery attempt on April 21, 2006. He died April 23.
“Surreal,” Ruszkowski said about hearing the news. “Here we are three hours after having a candlelight vigil for Sev, (and) here we are rehashing this all over again.”
Officers with solemn faces gathered at a news conference about 7 a.m., many who were up all night or had very few hours of sleep.
Most details about the shooting were still unclear late Tuesday morning.
A press release from the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office indicated more detail about the shooting will be released sometime this afternoon.
Polizzotto was a nine-year veteran with department.
Norby has been with the department for almost two years. The Buchanan resident was sworn in in 2005.
Watch southbendtribune.com for more updates.There are only two kinds of real justice left: street and poetic...
Canada, huh? Almost made it...
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04-24-07, 01:43 PM #2
That's just God-awful. Prayers sent. Rest easy, brother.
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04-24-07, 03:50 PM #3GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Sorry for the loss. Rest in peace, brother.And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
04-24-07, 04:04 PM #4
04-24-07, 04:13 PM #5
Rest in peace.
04-24-07, 07:27 PM #6
RIP, Officer Polizzotto\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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"...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
04-24-07, 07:29 PM #7
Just so sad....
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
04-24-07, 08:31 PM #8
My thoughts and prayers for you all.
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04-24-07, 09:16 PM #9
"A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others."
The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented
on his wearing his sidearm. "Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you
expecting trouble?" "No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have
brought my rifle."
(just stole this one hope you don't mind)
04-24-07, 10:07 PM #10
Damn, that sucks, RIP!
04-25-07, 03:05 PM #11
RIP, you won't be forgotten...Calm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
04-25-07, 03:10 PM #12
Rest in peace brother.
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