MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Court documents say a truck driver from Oregon
punched a northwestern Indiana police officer more than 10 times before the
officer shot his attacker.
Prosecutors filed battery and resisting arrest charges on Wednesday against
43-year-old Craig Strand of Portland, Ore., for the Monday confrontation
outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Merrillville. Police say Strand
remained hospitalized under heavy sedation following surgery for a gunshot
wound to the abdomen.
The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville report Officer
Curtis Minchuk was working an off-duty security job at the clinic when he
ticketed Strandís illegally parked semitrailer in the parking lot. Strand
complained about the ticket to Minchuk when he returned and the
Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Robert Byrd says the
shooting was justified.