Memorial in works for slain NW Indiana officer

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, police officers salute fallen Merrillville Patrolman Nickolaus Schultz as his body is removed from a hearse after a procession brought the body from Chicago to a funeral home in his hometown of Lowell Ind. (AP Photo/The Times, John J. Watkins)

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Planning work is continuing on a memorial for a northwestern Indiana police officer who was fatally shot in September.

Money also is being raised to pay for the memorial that would honor Merrillville Officer Nickolaus Schultz.

Merrillville detective Joseph Cooper tells The Times of Munster that Town Council members and a committee of officers have some ideas for the project, but nothing has been decided.

Police say the 24-year-old officer died two days after he was shot by a man wearing body armor who had broken into a condominium from which he had been evicted. The gunman then fatally shot himself.

Schultz had been on the Merrillville police force for little more than a year after graduating from central Indiana’s Franklin College. 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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