Monday marks 10 years since Indy officer’s death

IMPD Officer Jake Laird (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Monday marks 10 years since Indianapolis Police Department Officer Timothy “Jake” Laird was killed in the line of duty.

IMPD honored Laird’s sacrifice on Monday. Officers held a dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. outside the Southeast District.

His mother unveiled a new sign naming the street in front of headquarters in his honor.

(WISH Photo/Kevin Stinson)
(WISH Photo/Kevin Stinson)

Officers also had roll call by a bronzed plaque that marks the spot on South Dietz where Officer Laird lost his life.

Officer Laird was killed on August 18, 2004, when officers responded to numerous 911 calls from neighbors reporting gunfire in the 2700 block of Dietz Street on the near south side of Indianapolis.

Authorities eventually shot and killed the man who they say was firing at officers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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