July 23, 2017-Indiana State Police (IS)) are investigating after a Michigan City police officer fired into a vehicle striking the driver earlier today. According to the statement from ISP, Michigan City officers were impounding a vehicle for suspected driving while intoxicated at approximately 3:30 a.m. today when a maroon suburban was noticed speeding toward the officers. The driver, who was later identified as Merwin A. Coleman, age29 of LaPorte, was treated and released from Franciscan Health in Michigan City for a graze wound to his arm according to the statement. Michigan City police were investigating two earlier shots fired calls in the area and police are not sure at this point if the bullet which struck Coleman was from an officer or the earlier shooting incidents. According to the report, the Suburban driven by Coleman was traveling “at a high rate of speed, all over the road in the 400 block of Pleasant Avenue.”
Police say that a local residence was struck by the officer’s gunfire but no additional injuries were reported as a result. At least on car sustained damage from the report of the earlier shooting incident according to the report.
The officer has been placed on leave “Per the Michigan City Police Department’s policy” according to ISP. The name of the officer was not released at this time.
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