Lieutenant Inno H. Suek

Appointed June 14,1956
Died September 30, 1972
Weekend Shooting Takes Officer’s Life

Minneapolis Police Lieutenant Inno H. Suek, 41, a 6-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed during a hold-up on September 30, 1972, at Hum’s Liquor Store, 2126 Lyndale Ave. South, where he worked part-time.

Suek, the father of four children, was shot during a struggle with one of two men police said were attempting to hold up the store. According to police reports, the suspects entered the store about closing time at 10:00 p.m. There were several customers and employees in the store at the time.

One of the suspects walked up behind Suek and pointed a pistol at his head, according to police. The officer wheeled and struggled for the weapon and was shot once in the chest during the struggle.

Police said it appeared Suek was shot with a .38 caliber weapon. The officer’s service revolver was missing and police assume the men took it. It was not known whether the officer was shot with his revolver or by the weapon carried by one of the men.

The suspects ran out the back of the store without getting any money and fled in a green Olds, which was found about 90 minutes later about half a mile away.

Suek was pronounced dead at the scene.