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Focus of Dunes manhunt released from jail; Germann: More investigation needed

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The person of interest in a shooting early Thursday morning, Aug. 29, on Ind. 49--who was subsequently located in Michigan City later that day following an intensive manhunt and booked into the Porter County Jail on a preliminary charge of attempted murder--has been released from jail.

Terrance Travis, 39, with listed addresses in Michigan City and Griffith, was released from PCJ on Friday evening, Prosecuting Attorney Gary Germann told the Chesterton Tribune after deadline on Tuesday.

“Once I looked at the case it seemed to me that more investigation needed to be done before we make a decision on what charges, if any, should be filed,” Germann said.

“I’m satisfied the Chesterton Police Department had probable cause at the time (Travis) was arrested,” Germann hastened to add. “But subsequent witness statements led us to believe that more investigation is needed.”

There is no dispute, Germann noted, that around 12:30 a.m. Thursday someone in a moving vehicle fired multiple shots at another moving vehicle, in the northbound lanes of Ind. 49 north of Indian Boundary Road. The incident appears to be domestic in nature, Germann said, something along the lines of “ex-girlfriend/boyfriend.”

Nor is there any dispute that Travis was in one of the vehicles, Germann also noted.

Germann declined, however, to be any more specific about his concerns and the issues raised by the statements later collected from witnesses.

“It’s a question of being sure we have the truth and the facts,” Germann said, “that we know we’re making the right decision for everyone concerned.”

The CPD said that, following the reports of shots fired, the female driver of the vehicle in which Travis was a passenger continued northbound on Ind. 49, until crashing or otherwise disabling the vehicle near the entrance of Indiana Dunes State Park. The driver was detained for questioning, the CPD said, but Travis left the scene on foot, occasioning a manhunt of the Dunes which lasted well into the day and focused on areas along U.S. Highway 12 in Porter and LaPorte counties. Travis was taken into custody without incident around 8:30 p.m. Thursday by Michigan City Police.



Posted 9/4/2019





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