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Waukesha PD to name training complex in honor of Capt. James Lutz

Front view of Waukesha Police Station (Photo from: www.ci.waukesha.wi.us)
Front view of Waukesha Police Station (Photo from: www.ci.waukesha.wi.us)

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - The Waukesha Police Department has named its training complex in honor of Captain James Lutz, who was killed in a crime spree 20 years ago Monday.  

The honor was announced Monday morning at a memorial ceremony for Lutz, who created Waukesha's first SWAT team almost four decades ago.  

Retired officer Thomas Fletcher said it was appropriate to name the police training complex in Lutz' honor. Fletcher said Lutz was an "educator and trainer of the highest standard," and he'll always be remembered as a "true mentor of local policing."  

On this day in 1994, Lutz responded to a bank robbery in nearby 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. Lutz was 57 when he died.  

During their crime spree, the Oswalds took a hostage among other things. They were arrested after a police gun battle in which six people were injured.

James Oswald is now 69, and Ted is 38. Both are spending life terms in prison.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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