A Porter County
Sheriff’s Police deputy fatally shot a man on Wednesday after the man
threatened another deputy with a knife in a South Haven residence.
The Indiana State
Police--which is investigating the shooting at the request of Sheriff Dave
Reynolds--has identified the victim as Kevin Grant Vawter, 46. The Coroner’s
Office was scheduled to perform an autopsy today.
The PCSP has
identified the deputy as Officer Nathan Graf, a five-year veteran of the
PCSP. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, “as is typical with
any officer involved in a deadly force incident.”
According to the
ISP, at 5:36 p.m. Graf and two other deputies responded to a residence in
the 700 block of McCool Road to assist EMS with a suicidal subject who
resided at the home. On their arrival, the deputies observed through a
window “a male who was bloody” and forced entry into the residence. At this
point the man--later identified as Vawter--“went after one of the officers,
who Tased him,” the ISP said.
As a second deputy
attempted to handcuff Vawter, “the male got up and lunged at the officer
with a knife,” the ISP said. Graf then shot Vawter.
“immediately began lifesaving measures” until the arrival of EMS personnel,
who then transported Vawter to Porter Regional Hospital, where he
subsequently died, the ISP said.
investigation revealed the call had been made by a family member who had
been battered by the male just prior to the call,” the ISP said.
“All three officers
were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident,” the ISP noted. The
other two deputies at the scene have been returned to regular police duties.
is ongoing and this is all the information that will be released at this
time,” the ISP added. “When the investigation is completed it will be turned
over to the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office.”