Indiana police officer killed in apparent ambush

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Sep 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 11:02:29-04

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana police officer has died after being shot in an apparent ambush by a man who subsequently killed himself.

Merrillville police Officer Nickolaus Schultz had been on the police force for about a year when he was shot in the head Friday night. Police spokesman Robert Byrd says the 24-year-old Schultz died Sunday.

Schultz graduated last year from central Indiana's Franklin College, where he was a football captain. Dozens of Franklin students attended a vigil for Schultz on Sunday.

Byrd says Schultz and other officers were responding to a call about a break-in at a Merrillville condominium when 33-year-old Michael Hrnciar, who was wearing body armor, fired on them with a handgun. Authorities say the officers returned fire but that Hrnciar died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.