“Preliminary investigation indicates officers returned fire and struck the suspect as he fled the scene of the felony traffic stop. Preliminary investigation also indicates that the suspect suffered what appears to be a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.” Sgt. Ann Wojas, Indiana State Police
September 28, 2017-According to a release from the Indiana State Police, a Gary man rammed his vehicle into two police officers and a civilian as a multi-agency task force attempted to perform a felony traffic stop. Sgt. Ann Wojas of the Indiana State Police says “at approximately 1:48 p.m., a federal multi-agency task force was conducting a controlled narcotics purchase on 22nd Plaza in Gary, Indiana.” Officers attempted a felony traffic stop during the course of the sting. Sgt. Wojas says the “unmarked police vehicles were equipped with emergency lighting which was activated.” The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Ned Brooks, age 33, of Gary, then rammed several police cars. “While attempting to flee, the suspect’s vehicle struck a civilian, and an officer both outside, injuring both. A second officer who was seated in the unmarked police car when it was struck was also injured” according to Sgt. Wojas.
The suspect shot at police as he fled the scene in his vehicle according to the report. “Officers returned fire at the suspect. The suspect then abandoned his vehicle on 22nd Place and fled on foot. He continued to shoot while fleeing on foot.” Officers then converged on the area of 22nd and and were able to locate the suspect in the backyard of a house in the 4200 block of West 22nd Place. As the officer’s approached the rear of the residence, the suspect was found to be deceased. Multiple weapons were located near the suspect and his vehicle.
“Preliminary investigation indicates officers returned fire and struck the suspect as he fled the scene of the felony traffic stop. Preliminary investigation also indicates that the suspect suffered what appears to be a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The cause and manner of death will be determined at an autopsy which is scheduled for Saturday September 30, 2017” the report continues.
Sgt. Wojas states that officers from the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Indiana State Police and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department were involved in the multi-jurisdiction task force.