Lafayette Police Department

LPD locates body of missing Lafayette man

Jan 27, 2014

The body of a missing Lafayette man has been found.

Neal Bastian was reported missing last week by his family.

He was last seen January 18th on his way to go fishing.

Starting Friday, Lafayette police searched the east bank of the Wabash River from the old city municipal golf course down to Riehle Plaza, based on information that Bastian liked to fish in that area.

His body was located around 4:15 yesterday afternoon between the river and the Heritage Trail about 200 yards north of Riehle Plaza.

Lafayette man declared missing

Jan 23, 2014

Lafayette police are searching for a missing man.

Twenty-five-year-old Neal Bastian was last seen January 18th walking in the 1200 block of North 13th Street.

His family told police he was on the way to go fishing.

Bastian is a 5-foot-10 white male, approximately 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green zip-up jacket with a fur collar, boots and a black stocking cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lafayette police or the anonymous WeTip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.

LPD retiring one of its K9 dogs

Nov 1, 2013
Photo courtesy Lafayette Police Department

A long-time member of the Lafayette Police Department’s K9 unit is retiring this month.

Tico is a 10 year old Belgian Malinois who has spent the last 8 years with the department. The dog’s retirement comes on the heels of persistent hip problems.

During his career, Tico has been involved in more than 1,600 police related deployments.  He's assisted in the arrest of many suspects as well as uncovered more than 70 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, meth, crack cocaine, and heroin. 

Justice Award honors Lafayette detectives

Apr 24, 2013
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor is honoring one former and two current Lafayette police officers. Pat Harrington presented the first Justice Award to Dan Shumaker, B.T. Brown and Paul Huff.

The trio was the main detectives working the murder case of Kory Rogers.

Harrington says the investigation spanned 34-months, involved thousands of text messages and cell phone records, and took them to California to bring back a suspect.

The Lafayette police officers involved in a shooting last week are expected to return to duty in the next few days.

The Department’s Shooting Review Board ruled they were justified in firing shots at a homeless man who killed his employer and eventually took his own life.

Chief Deputy Payne says the way the officers handled the high-pressure situation points to the training and prep work done for these types of incidents.

"If you think about this situation, the short timeline, the unexpectedness of what happened, I was pretty impressed," he said.

Flannelly is Lafayette's new police chief

Oct 18, 2012

An 18-year veteran is taking over as Lafayette's police chief.

Lieutenant Pat Flannelly will replace Don Roush, who is retiring at the end of the month to take a new position at Purdue.

Flannelly will work with the outgoing chief over the next week-and-a-half to transition into his new role.

'Nextdoor' to open communication among neighbors

Sep 6, 2012

A new social media site is up and running for Lafayette residents to share information on community safety.

'Nextdoor' is a free, private, network that allows neighbors to exchange information about their area.

Police Lieutenant Pat Flannelly says establishing this type of communication leads to a more secure environment.

The site has been up for about two weeks.

Flannelly says so far there are roughly 200-households signed up.

The Lafayette Police Department is showing off its new training center.

The facility is at South and 13th streets, the site of the former Ford School, in a building that was once the U.S. Army Reserve Center. The city bought the property, in part, to alleviate overcrowding at the police department.

Chief Don Roush hopes the building serves as a regional training facility for agencies in northwest Indiana.

A Lafayette police officer acted within the law when he shot at a fleeing suspect’s vehicle last week. That’s the finding of the department’s Use of Deadly Force Review Board.

However, the panel is recommending further training for Officer Khoury Elias, who has been reassigned since the incident Friday, February 17. It's made up of Deputy Police Chief Dave Payne, Captain of Patrol Steve Hartman, Captain of Detectives Kurt Wolf, Shift Commander for Red Night Shift Lieutenant Neil Dale, peer officers Jason Savage and Aaron Lorton.

LPD Prepares for Old Ford School Move-In

Jan 3, 2012

The Lafayette Police Department expects to start using its new training facility sometime next spring.

The LPD is moving some operations into the old Ford School at 14th and South Streets.

Chief Don Roush says the building will benefit departments throughout the region.

Lafayette bought the facility this fall from the Lafayette School Corporation.

Roush says it also will be used for office space, including some street crime investigation units.

He expects about 15 staff members to work out of the facility.