Indiana State Police remembering fallen officer 20 years later

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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.

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.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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