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Focus of Dunes manhunt taken into custody in Michigan City

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The person of interest in a shooting early Thursday morning on Ind. 49--who subsequently became the focus of an intensive manhunt in the Dunes later in the day--has been taken into custody, the Chesterton Police Department reported today.

Terrance Travis, 39, with listed addresses in Michigan City and Griffith, was detained at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday by Michigan City Police, in the 400 block of Hoyt Street. After questioning, he was transported to Porter County Jail on a preliminary charge of attempted murder.

Formal charges were expected to be filed later today.

According to the CPD, at 12:30 a.m. Thursday officers responded to a complaint of shots fired at a vehicle on Ind. 49 in the area of the I-94 overpass. “The investigation into this incident, at present, indicates that a known person fired shots out of a moving vehicle at a known victim while being followed by a third vehicle, which was also shot at,” the CPD said.

The suspect vehicle continued northbound on Ind. 49 until crashing near the entrance of Indiana Dunes State Park. The driver, a female subject, was taken into custody for questioning, police said, but the “identified involved party fled on foot” into the park.

A search for that person was then launched, with the CPD assisted by Indiana Conservation Officers, the Burns Harbor and Porter PDs, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Police Aviation Unit.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, a subject matching the person of interest’s description was observed by a National Park Service ranger in the area of Tremont Road and U.S. Highway 12. Multiple agencies responded, established a perimeter, and commenced a search, but once again the subject was not located, the CPD said.

“During this time, Discovery Charter School was placed on lockdown procedures for safety until the end of the school day and a law enforcement presence was put in place on dismissal,” the CPD noted.

“Throughout the day, a number of sightings were reported and responded to by officers representing various agencies,” the CPD added. “All sightings occurred in the general area of U.S. Highway 12 in northern Porter and LaPorte counties and east towards Michigan City.”

The CPD did not say how Travis made it to Michigan City before being apprehended, whether he traveled on foot or by vehicle.

The CPD did express its gratitude to the following agencies for their assistance during the manhunt: the Porter, Burns Harbor, Beverly Shores, Michigan City, and Valparaiso PDs; the Lake County Sheriff’s Police Aviation Unit; the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its Conservation Officers; the National Park Service and its law enforcement rangers; and staff at Indiana Dunes State Park.



Posted 8/30/2019





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