A Pine Township resident was arrested on several charges Saturday after
assaulting two individuals and two police officers, Porter County Sheriff’s
According to police at 10:45 p.m. police officers were dispatched to a
residence on U.S. 20 to speak with a woman about the mental state of her
son, Christopher Battishill, 38, of 624 Old Chicago Road.
Police said they found Battishill at his residence “very unstable” and he
threatened to kill the officers if they trespassed on his property. A K9
unit was used to detain Battishill who attempted to attack officers with a
long silver bladed sword.
Battishill was taken to Valparaiso Medical Campus for injuries sustained to
his left hand where the K9 unit bit him. Battishill assaulted two hospital
security officers and two police officers who were trying to subdue him,
police said. During this time, Battishill attempted to remove a gun from an
officer’s holster and was tazed by police, police said.
Battishill faces four charges of battery, one charge of disarming a law
enforcement officer, one charge of intimidation with a deadly weapon, one
charge of resisting law enforcement and a charge of disorderly conduct.
After he was medically cleared, Battishill was taken to Porter County Jail.