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Kouts man hit by three bullets in fatal shooting

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Gerid Forste was struck by three rounds from an AR-15 type rifle.

But only one of those rounds was fatal, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.

An autopsy on Forste, a 31-year-old Kouts resident, was conducted on Thursday, following his death in a shooting early Wednesday morning in the apartment of Abraham Bratcher, 34, at 3105 Black Partridge Lane in Valparaiso.

Forste was struck once in the chest area and sustained “massive internal injuries,” Harris said. The other two rounds struck Forste’s legs.

Bratcher himself called 911, the VPD has said, and later told investigators that, in the course of an altercation, he shot Forste, whom Bratcher referred to as a friend.

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was waiting for the results of the autopsy to proceed in this case. As of deadline today there was no word on whether Bratcher would be charged or with what he would be charged.


Posted 4/4/2014