Patrolman Molitor suffered a fatal skull fracture during a struggle with a suspect.
He and his partner were exiting a restaurant when they observed two people tampering with their patrol car. The suspects resisted arrest when confronted by the officers and during the ensuing struggle Patrolman Molitor suffered a heart attack.
As he fell to the ground he struck his head on the suspect's car door, causing a fractured skull. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the head wound.