September 12, 1989 I was on routine patrol in Blackford County, Indiana. I was on Lake Blue Water Road outside the city of Montpelier when I pulled into the parking lot of the Erie (real name) stone quarry. I observed someone standing near the building, I ordered the person to stop and not move. The person began to run north into the quarry. I began to chase the person and call for back up on my radio. After about an eighth of a mile the person ran up a hill and down the other side. At the top of the hill was a set of railroad tracks that ran along side the quarry.
As I stood on the tracks at the top of the hill, I noticed the thickets at the bottom of the hill on the other side were too thick for anybody to run through. I scanned the area for the suspect and couldn't find him so I began to walk back to my squad car.
When I got back to my squad car I met up with a deputy from the Blackford County Sheriff's Department. The deputy asked me not to mention his name in this story. I told the deputy what I had seen. White male, 5'10"-6'0" wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes with blonde hair. He just looked at me and said "Uh huh." I asked what he meant. He said, "Well, let's put it this way. You are not the only officer to chase that guy." I said, "Really?" He said, "Yes, that is the clothing description of the guy that was killed here after a bank robbery and pursuit that ended here in 50's."
The deputy went on to explain that the suspect was shot and killed by the police very close to where the office building of the quarry now stands. Needless to say, this report did not make it into my daily log, lol.
This is just one of many strange events I experienced while working night shift as a police officer. I continue to work nights and after 25 years on the job, this incident still sends chills up my spine.