Sue Marie contributed to this report
August 1, 2017-A police chase that began in Munster ended with a Gary police officer shooting a suspect. According to a report from Mark Back of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the incident began when 5 individuals attempted an armed robbery at a Verizon store in Munster. Although not stated in the press release, witnesses reported that the Verizon store, pictured above, was located at 822 Ridge Road, Munster. Munster officers pursued the suspects through Highland and Griffith and into Gary. Officers were joined by other agencies including Highland, Munster, Gary, Lake County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, and Indiana State Police according to the statement.
The suspect vehicle ran off the roadway near 19th and Hanley in Gary, Indiana and the suspects fled on foot. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and began searching the area. One suspect was shot by police and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Three additional suspects were taken into custody and one is still at large according to Back. Witnesses in the area reported hearing multiple shots fired in the area. It is not known at this point if the suspect fired his weapon but weapons were recovered on scene according to Back. Back says police are still working to identify the suspects. The identity of the police officer will be released during the course of the investigation.
“The Gary Police Department has requested that the Lake County Sheriff’s Department investigate the police-involved shooting incident. Additional details are not available at this time in reference to that specific incident. Details will be released as soon as they become available. Officers, including Lake County CSI, were still on scene as of 8:45 PM.”