“Our Gang Unit officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs on our Department. These officers show determination and persistence where many would not, and I commend them for their extraordinary efforts to protect and serve.” -Lake County Sheriff John Buncich
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July 25, 2017-Lake County Sheriff John Buncich is commending gang unit officers after a trio of traffic stops in Gary led to two gun arrests and one resisting law enforcement arrest. According to a statement, At approximately 10:00 PM on 7/14/2017, an officer of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Unit notices suspicious activity of a Silver 2005 Chevrolet sedan in the area of W 7th Avenue and Jackson Street. The officer ran the vehicle’s plate and determined it to be fictitious. The officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Montrell Miller, 31 of Gary, was on parole at the time. A search of the vehicle yielded a .45 caliber Glock handgun, which was identified as stolen. The handgun was located in the engine compartment of the vehicle. Miller was charged with Felon in Possession of a Handgun.
At approximately 5:45 PM on 7/19/2017, an officer of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a traffic stop on a white 1998 Chevrolet for having no brake lights. The officer determined that the driver, 18-year-old Robert A. Pujoe of Gary, was in possession of an ATSRA 9mm handgun. Pujoe did not have a permit to carry the handgun. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the handgun was reported stolen from Indianapolis. Pujoe was arrested for carrying a handgun without a license.
At approximately 7:00 PM on 7/19/2017, an officer of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold Chrysler at 43rd Avenue and Georgia Street when the vehicle began to flee. A pursuit ensued until the vehicle crashed into a tree in the alley of Georgia Street from 44th Avenue. The subject then fled on foot and the Gang Unit officer pursued him. The officer ordered the subject to stop or he would be tazed. The subject refused to stop and the officer deployed his Tazer. The subject, Jamil R. Sproles, 26 of Gary, was taken into custody without injury. He was booked into the Lake County Jail and charged with felony fleeing law enforcement and driving without a license.
Sheriff Buncich stated, “Our Gang Unit officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs on our Department. These officers show determination and persistence where many would not, and I commend them for their extraordinary efforts to protect and serve.”