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.
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.
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