Gary, IN – A Lake County sheriff’s lieutenant was shot while serving legal papers at a home in Gary’s Brunswick neighborhood on Thursday.
Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said the incident occurred on Dec. 10 in the 600-block of Hanley Place, The Times reported.
The lieutenant, a 30-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, was serving a court ordered seizure of property called an order of replevin at the address.
Sheriff Martinez said the 59-year-old lieutenant knocked on the door of the home and got no answer, The Times reported.
“The officer was in full uniform, did knock and announce, and continued to announce when he made entry into the residence,” the sheriff explained to reporters during a media briefing after the shooting.
He said that as the lieutenant went to execute the court order, a man inside the home opened fire on him, The Times reported.
Sheriff Martinez said the lieutenant returned fire and hit the suspect at least once.
The suspect fled the scene and collapsed in front of a home across the street, WGN reported.
The sheriff said the lieutenant was conscious when the ambulance arrived on the scene to transport him to Methodist Northlake Hospital, The Times reported.
But he had no information on the wounded lieutenant’s condition.
The wounded suspect was also transported to the hospital by ambulance, The Times reported.
Sheriff Martinez declined to comment on the condition of the suspect.
Update: The Indiana State Police released a statement on the shooting:
“During this interaction gunfire was exchanged between the deputy and resident of the home. The Lake County Deputy was struck by gunfire and transported to Northlake Methodist hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The resident of the home, a male in his 20’s, was also struck by gunfire and transported to Northlake Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”
The Lake County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the suspect who was killed after family members have been notified, the Associated Press reported.
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