High speed chase involving a motorcycle and Porter County Sheriff’s Officer resulted in an overnight manhunt in the area of Lenburg Road and Route 6 in Portage. NO OFFICER WAS INJURED IN THE INCIDENT.
May 14, 2018-Indiana State Police say that are investigating after a high speed chase led to shots being fired at an officer in Porter County early this morning. Portage Police utilized social media to dispel a rumor that a Portage Officer had been shot. According to Chief Troy Williams “it is being inaccurately reported on Facebook that a Portage Police Officer was shot. No officers were shot and the Porter County Sheriff’s Police have the suspect contained in their jurisdiction.”
State Police say the incident began at 1:16 a.m. when a Porter County Sheriff’s Deputy clocked a motorcycle at 80 miles per hour on U.S. 6. “The officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the motorcycle who took off. The officer (in a fully marked Ford Explorer county police car) pursued the orange Kawasaki “sport” motorcycle from U.S. 6 to State Road 149 then to Lenburg Road” the report states.
The motorcyclist lost control on Lenburg Road and struck an informational sign according to police. The suspect ran into a nearby wooded area and “pulled out a gun and pointed it toward the officer” the report continues. The officer “pulled out his issued police gun and shot multiple times” according to the statement. The motorcyclist continued running into the woods. Police set up a perimiter and searched the area all night. A gun was later found in the woods according to Police.
State Police were asked to investigate the officer involved shooting and expect to issue an initial report within 72 hours.