Officer Schultz Funeral, Burial Today
September 15, 2014 — Slain Merrillville Police Officer Nickolas “Nick” Schultz will be laid to rest in a grave at Lowell Memorial Cemetery this afternoon, after his funeral service this morning at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Seats have reportedly be removed to accommodate more than 3,000 people for the service.
Traffic will be very congested on U-S 30 at I-65 for the funeral service– and State Road 2 in Lowell from Holtz Road to Mill Street will be closed from noon to 6 p.m. for the burial ceremonies at Lowell Memorial Cemetery.
Tri-Creek, Crown Point and Merrillville school corporations canceled classes today to help clear the roads for the funeral procession. Governor Mike Pence asked state facilities along with businesses in Lake County to lower their flags to half-staff in memory of Schultz.
Officials expect hundreds of officers from across the state, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin to attend Schultz’s funeral, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
From the Radisson at Star Plaza, the funeral procession will travel first east onto U.S. 30 and then head north on Mississippi Street. The procession will turn onto East 61st Avenue, and then head south on Taft Street.
From Taft Street, the procession will turn left onto 73rd Avenue. From there, the procession will turn onto Broadway and stop at the Merrillville Police Department. During this time, a final “10-42” end of duty call for Schultz will take place over the police radio.
From the police department, the procession will continue onto U.S. 231 to Lowell for the burial. The procession is expected to use Ind. 55 and Ind. 2 to arrive at the Lowell Memorial Cemetery.
The North West Indiana Major Crimes task force has released their timeline about what happened the night that 24-year-old Officer Nickolaus Schultz was shot and mortallywounded by 33-year-old Michael Hrnicar.
Officer Schultz was taken off life-support at a Chicago hospital on September 7th, after he was shot on September 5th when he and three other officers responded to another call from residents about former resident Hrnicar, who they believed was inside.
Hrnicar was waiting for the officers and fired two shots, one of which hit Schultz in the head. Hrnicar then turned the gun on himself.
Investigators found bomb components and chemicals as well as a half-gallon jar of high-grade processed marijuana and an elaborate, non-functioning, marijuana growing operation.