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PCSP shoots at fleeing suspect after pursuit person of interest detained

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A Porter County Sheriff’s Police officer shot at a fleeing suspect early this morning after the suspect pointed a handgun at the officer, following a high-speed pursuit through Liberty Township, the Indiana State Police is reporting.

Although the suspect succeeded in eluding the officer, a “person of interest” was subsequently detained and was being interviewed this morning by PCSP detectives.

The ISP is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

According to the ISP, at 1:15 a.m. the PCSP officer was patrolling in the area of U.S. Highway 6 and C.R. 200W when he observed a motorcyclist on a Kawasaki cafe-style bike traveling eastbound at 80 miles per hour. The officer initiated a pursuit, following the motorcyclist northbound on Meridian Road, westbound on C.R. 1050N, then crossing Ind. 149 into the City of Portage on Lenburg Road, where the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a street sign on the south side of the road, the ISP said.

At that point the suspect--described as a white male subject-- “tumbled out in front of the officer’s car, got up, and began to run north into a wooded area,” the ISP said. “As the motorcyclist was running north he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer.” The officer then drew his issued sidearm and fired “multiple times,” the ISP said. “The motorcyclist continued running into the woods.”

Although a perimeter was established, the suspect was not found. A semi-automatic handgun was, however, discovered in the woods, the ISP said.

The officer--aged 41 and a four-year veteran of the PCSP--was not injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, the PCSP obtained information on the owner of the motorcycle and a warrant was later served on a residence in the Fox Chase Farms subdivision in Liberty Township, where a person of interest was detained for questioning, the PCSP said. The name of that person was not released this morning.

The ISP said that interviews with the PCSP officer should be completed within the next 72 hours and that, at the conclusion of its investigation, all information will be forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Assisting in the incident were the Chesterton, Burns Harbor, Porter, Portage, and Valparaiso PDs, the PCSP and the ISP, the Portage Street Department, Joe’s Towing, Porter Regional Hospital EMS, and the Porter County Central Communications.




Posted 5/14/2018




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