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PCSP: Ex-Hobart PD officer charged after firing shotgun in standoff at home

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A Center Township man identified as a former Hobart Police officer and Porter County Animal Control Officer was taken into custody on Wednesday after he barricaded himself into his home and made death threats against a negotiator, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Eric Moser, 41, of 1355 Gilleevan Drive, has been charged with intimidation and criminal recklessness, both Class C felonies punishable by a term of two to eight years; and with resisting law enforcement, a Class midemeanor.

According to police, at 8:05 p.m. officers were dispatched to Moser’s home to conduct “a welfare check on a suicidal subject with a weapon.” As they were approaching the residence, Moser fired a 12-gauge shotgun out the back door, police said, and the PCSP Emergency Response Team was mustered and deployed.

At some point during negotiations, police said, Moser made “death threats” to the officer speaking with him.

Moser did, however, finally agree to exit his home but then refused to comply with officers’ commands and so was “shot with less than lethal rounds”: essentially foam-tipped projectiles.

At that point Moser became compliant, police said.

Moser was treated at Porter Regional Hospital, then transported to Porter County Jail.

No officers were injured in the incident, PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune today.


Posted 3/15/2013