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Waukesha PD hosting ceremony two decades after officer killed in crime spree

Police badge with black band (Reuters)
Police badge with black band (Reuters)

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Waukesha Police were holding a memorial ceremony today for Captain James Lutz, who was killed in a crime spree 20 years ago Monday afternoon.  

Lutz was 57 when he responded to a report of an armed bank robbery in Wales -- and he found the two suspects in Waukesha.  

James and Theodore Oswald jumped out of their vehicle, and shot Lutz with semi-automatic rifles without giving him a chance to respond.

Officials said the Oswalds committed a dozen crimes that day. They took a hostage among other things.  

It ended three hours after it began, with a gun battle between the Oswalds and police. Six people were injured, and the Oswalds were finally arrested.  

Both Oswalds were sentenced to life in prison. James is now 69. Ted is 38.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)