I-80 Memorial Marker Honors Slain Trooper
December 19, 2013 — By Chris Nolte and the Associated Press
Indiana State Police say they will place a memorial marker this Saturday for a fallen trooper who died almost 10 years ago along Interstate-80 in Gary.
Trooper Scott Patrick was shot and killed in the line of duty on Dec. 22, 2003, after he was dispatched to assist a stranded motorist at the Grant Street exit from I-80. As he approached the motorist, the man started shooting at him. Although fatally wounded, Trooper Patrick was able to return fire and radio for assistance. He died while in surgery at Northlake Methodist Hospital a short time later.
The man who shot him, 19-year-old Daryl Jeter of Chicago, was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
State Representative Vernon Smith of Gary filed the naming resolution which his fellow legislators approved earlier this year.