ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – 20 Years ago on Wednesday, Indiana State Police Trooper Cory Elson was gunned down during a traffic stop.
On April 3, 1999, Trooper Elson stopped a pickup truck on US 27 in Decatur and was met with a hailstorm of bullets.
Mark Lichtenberger used a fully automatic assault rifle and fired at least 36 rounds.
Elson died from his wounds.
20 years ago today, @ISPFortWayne lost Trooper Cory Elson in the line of duty. We honor his memory every day by continuing to serve and carry on our tradition excellence that he embodied during his time with us. Continue to rest in peace brother…we have the watch. pic.twitter.com/AlfbrY0wto
— Sgt. Ron Galaviz (@ISPFortWayne) April 3, 2019
Lichtenberger is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 20 years after he took a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.
Elson had been a State Trooper for less than four months before he was gunned down.