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