State Police Investigating After Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Man in South Haven

Porter County Sheriff’s Deputies say the man “lunged at [a sheriff’s deputy] with a knife”  as he was being handcuffed


January 24, 2019-Indiana State Police say they have been asked to investigate after a South Haven man was shot to death by an as yet unnamed officer with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.  Police say the call was made by a family member who had been battered ty the subject.  According to the statement, “at approximately 5:36 pm, this Wednesday, January 23, 2019, evening, they received a call to assist EMS with a suicidal subject that resided in the 700 block of McCool Road in South Haven.”  When officers arrived at the scene and attempte to get the person to answer the door.  When a third officer arrived “they looked through one of the home’s window they saw a male who was bloody. ”  Officers forced entry into the home and the male “went after” one of the officers.  An officer utilized a tazer to subdue the subject according to the report.  “As a second officer went to handcuff the male, the male got up and lunged at the officer with a knife.  It was at this time one of the officers shot at the male, hitting him” the report continues.  The man was transported to  Porter Hospital in Valparaiso where he later died.

Police protocol dictates that an outside agency investigate when a police officer is involved in a shooting.  According to Indiana State Police the investigation has just begun and a report will be compiled and submitted to the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office.

Indiana State police issued the following update this morning:  “The male has been identified as Kevin Grant Vawter, age 46 of Valparaiso. Family has been notified.  All three officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident.  The officer that was involved in the shooting is on administrative duties which is per the Porter County Sheriff’s standard operating policy.  The two other officers involved have returned to normal police duties.  An autopsy is scheduled for today on Vawter by the Porter County Coroner’s office.  Information pertaining to the Porter County officers should be directed to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.”


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