Detective Sergeant Phillip Hochstetler was shot and killed while interviewing a suspect about a recent burglary. The suspect agreed to surrender his weapons to Detective Sergeant Hochstetler while at his residence. At the last moment, the suspect turned one of the weapons on the officer. Detective Sergeant Hochstetler was shot and fell into the front yard. The suspect then murdered two of his own small children before fleeing the home. The suspect then executed Detective Sergeant Hochstetler in the front yard with a shot to his head.
Two days later, the suspect was recognized when he drove past the crime scene. The officers chased him into downtown Warsaw. When the suspect fired upon the officers, they returned fire. The suspect was shot and killed by Warsaw City police officers.
Detective Sergeant Hochstetler had served with the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department for four years and had previously served with the Nappanee Police Department for two years. He was survived by three sons.
Warsaw, Indiana 46580