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Man who shot self after police pursuit charged with carjacking

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The Knox man who the Indiana State Police said led officers on a pursuit on Friday, allegedly after committing a murder and multiple carjackings in Knox, has been charged with carjacking in Porter County.

According to the ISP, around 4 p.m. Gary Chavez, 57, was westbound on Ind. 8, halfway between Hebron and Kouts, when the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee which he had reportedly carjacked broke down in front of a residence. Two men were leaving the residence at the time in a 1989 GMC Sierra and stopped to render Chavez assistance, at which point Chavez implied possession of a weapon and took the Sierra, police said.

The men, who weren’t harmed, called 911 to report the carjacking.

Shortly thereafter, Hebron Police spotted the Sierra in the area of Ind. 8 and C.R. 600S and began a pursuit, police said, soon joined by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police and, after Chavez crossed the county line, by the Lake County Sheriff’s Police and its aircraft Eagle One, police said.

In Crown Point officers deployed stop sticks at Maine and 109th and Chavez was unable to avoid them, the Sierra’s tires deflated, and Chavez, attempting to make a U-turn to go south on I-65, lost control of the Sierra. He then shot himself twice, police said.

Chavez was transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point and later airlifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., in critical condition.

Carjacking is a Class C felony, punishable by a term of two to eight years.

Additional charges may be forthcoming, police said.


Posted 6/10/2014