Porter police officers responded to a residence on Portage Ave. early
Thanksgiving morning, after a man there reportedly pointed a handgun at his
girlfriend and battered her father.
The incident ended
peacefully, after the man--ordered by loud speaker to leave the house
unarmed--did so and surrendered himself to officers.
Zachary A. Blakley,
25, of 1413 Portage Ave., was arrested on charges of pointing a weapon and
battery, Chesterton Police said.
police, at 1:15 a.m. Blakley’s girlfriend reported that, in the course of an
argument which began at the Upper Deck, Blakley grabbed her 9mm handgun from
the dresser in the bedroom and pointed it--still holstered but loaded with a
round chambered--at her chest.
At that point his
girlfriend’s mother called her husband, who arrived at the scene just as
Blakley was attempting to leave in a vehicle, police said. The girlfriend’s
father managed to take from Blakley his car keys, prompting Blakley to push
the father “aggressively in the shoulder” and place “his hand around (the
father’s) throat in a rude and unwanted manner,” police said.
Blakley then went
back into the residence alone and shortly thereafter officers arrived at the
scene. Using a squad car’s loud speaker, they instructed him to “relinquish
any weapons and exit the front door of the residence with his hands
visible,” which Blakley did.
Blakley, for his
part, advised the officers that he “‘blacked out’ and couldn’t remember what
actually occurred,” although he did acknowledge knowing that his
girlfriend’s handgun “was always loaded with ammunition in the magazine and
a round chambered” and that it “regularly sits on the bedroom dresser and
was readily accessible,” police said.
Blakley also stated
that, in the confrontation with his girlfriend’s father, he “ended up on the
ground with his life being threatened,” police said.
transported to Porter County Jail. No one was injured in the incident,