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ISP investigating officer involved shooting in Michigan City

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A Michigan City police officer shot at a vehicle on Sunday whose driver was reportedly speeding toward him, in an incident being investigated by the Indiana State Police.

According to the ISP, at 3:30 a.m. Officer Nick Baker discharged his weapon at an SUV occupied by a LaPorte man in the 400 block of Pleasant Ave. The ISP said that driver “was speeding towards” both Baker and another officer and that his SUV was traveling “at a high rate of speed” and was “all over the road.”

The driver was treated for a graze wound to his arm at Franciscan Health Michigan City and then released. “It is not known at this time if the wound was received from the officer’s shooting or from a shots-fired call that happened minutes earlier, up the street, in the 200 block of Pleasant Ave.,” the ISP said.

The ISP did say that a residence in the area was struck by Baker’s gunfire. “No one in that residence was injured.”

Prior to the officer-involved shooting, MCPD officers were investigating two separate shots-fired calls, one in the 200 block of Pleasant Ave., the other on Ridgeland Ave. “At least one unoccupied car sustained bullet damage from the early reported shooting incidents,” the ISP said. “No other citizens were injured.”

Baker, hired in November 2015, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the ISP’s investigation, per MCPD policy.


Posted 7/27/2017





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