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.
suspect succeeded in eluding the officer, a “person of interest” was
subsequently detained and was being interviewed this morning by PCSP
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
perimeter was established, the suspect was not found. A semi-automatic
handgun was, however, discovered in the woods, the ISP said.
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.