Gone But Not Forgotten
Todd Pittenger - June 13, 2015 7:01 am
On June 13, 1975, officer Jerry Ivey was shot and killed.
Saturday marks the 40 year anniversary of one the most tragic days in Salina’s history. On June 13, 1975, Salina Police Officer Jerry Ivey was shot and killed by a robbery suspect.
According to an Officer Down Memorial to Ivey, he was shot and killed by a suspect armed with a Browning high-powered 9-mm semi-automatic pistol after he attempted to stop a car used in a robbery moments earlier. The suspect, identified as Roy Earl Schultz, sprayed Ivey with mace and the two exchanged gunfire. As Ivey reached for his shotgun he was shot in the back. The suspect was later caught.
Schultz was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. On July 19, 1977, he escaped from prison. Six days later a family of three found themselves at the mercy of Schultz when they stopped to give him aid after the stolen car he was driving broke down near Washington, Illinois. At gunpoint he forced the man and his wife to drive him to a Ramada Inn in Bloomington.
After Schultz bound and gagged the man he attempted to rape the couple’s 5 year-old little girl. The woman was able to grab Schultz’s gun, free her husband, and then they both beat him into submission. Schultz was returned to prison where he died January 2, 1984.
Ivey was survived by his wife and three children.
Jerry Ivey was the fourth Salina Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Today a permanent memorial to the fallen officer sits in his namesake park in Salina, Jerry Ivey Park.
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