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Jackson Township man charged with attempted murder in standoff

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The Jackson Township man who authorities say fired multiple rifle shots at police officers on Wednesday, after barricading himself in his residence, has been charged with six counts of attempted murder.

Eric Martin, 45, of 363E 1050N, was also charged with one count of aggravated battery and seven of criminal recklessness.

Martin was taken into custody late Wednesday night, after a nine-hour standoff which began when Porter County Sheriff’s Police officers attempted to question him about the battery of his father, who was treated for lacerations and other injuries sustained after Martin held a knife to his throat, police said.

Shortly after the PCSP Swat Team deployed CS gas, in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Martin to surrender himself, Martin fired multiple shots at officers through the walls of his home, police said.

Subsequently recovered at the scene was an M-1 Garand .30-06 rifle as well as seven spent shell casings, police said today. Also found: “seven locations where bullets exited the living area of the house.”

According to the probable cause affidavit, six of those shots--corresponding to the six counts of attempted murder--traveled in the direction of officers at the scene. One of those shots, the affidavit states, actually “passed in between” two of the officers.

The seven counts of criminal recklessness correspond to the seven shots which police said Martin fired “knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly” to create “a substantial risk of bodily injury.”

And the aggravated battery count alleges that Martin did “knowingly or intentionally inflict injury on a person that created a substantial risk of death, to wit, cut (his father) with a knife.”

Attempted murder is a Class A felony punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years; aggravated battery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years; and criminal recklessness a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.



Posted 8/16/2013





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