A Washington Township man and a Lake County woman were arrested Saturday on
a charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, after the Porter
County Sheriff’s Police said that they were discharging a variety of weapons
outside the man’s residence.
Bryce C. Relitz, 34, of 3508 E. Evans Ave., No. 4, and Laura R. Burns, 39,
of Gary, were taken into custody on that charge. A third person, identified
as a Washington Township man who fled the scene and was not apprehended, is
facing the same charge, police said.
According to police, at 6:02 p.m. an officer was dispatched to Relitz’s
residence after he was reported shooting a handgun outside his home. On his
arrival, police said, the officer heard the sound of “rapid fire” and as he
approached Relitz’s trailer a sound “consistent with the ‘racking’ of a
The officer then observed Relitz and the other man, the latter holding a
shotgun, talking outside the trailer, police said. At gunpoint the officer
ordered the men to drop the gun and walked towards him.
Relitz did as instructed, police said, but the other man entered the
residence, then exited it, and on being ordered again to “put his hands in
the air” and come towards the officer, instead walked away from the scene.
A Valparaiso Police K-9 unit was subsequently unable to track the suspect,
“Several spent casings were located in the area, including bullet holes into
another trailer to the south,” police said. “The damaged trailer was later
determined to be unoccupied and in the direction the subjects were
A number of unspecified firearms were recovered as well as two 9 mm Luger
spent shell casings, two .45 caliber Federal spent shell casings, and 12 .38
caliber Federal spent shell casings, police said.
Burns, for her part, admitted to having been shooting earlier in the day,
Relitz and Burns were transported to Porter County Jail.