An autopsy has determined that the Fulshear, Texas, man who died on Friday
after holding hostages at gunpoint succumbed to two self-inflicted gunshot
wounds, confirming the Valparaiso Police Department’s account of events.
On Tuesday, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton
Tribune that Roy L. Ferguson, 48, shot himself twice in the head.
Ferguson’s death will be ruled a suicide, Harris added.
A third gunshot wound sustained by Ferguson—to the upper right quadrant of
the chest—was not life-threatening and did not contribute to his death,
Harris did not say so—and in fact referred all other questions to the
Indiana State Police, which is investigating the incident on behalf of the
VDP—but Ferguson appears to have sustained the wound to the chest in the
opening minutes of the incident, in an exchange of gunfire with the first
officers on the scene.
After deadline on Tuesday, the ISP released a few new details about the
incident. It began around 10:05 a.m. when Ferguson walked into the
Prudential Executive Group at 2612 N. Calumet Ave. and “fired several rounds
into the air.”
There was then a “brief exchange of gunfire between Ferguson and police,”
which “resulted in Ferguson’s being injured,” the ISP said.
Ferguson, however, managed to take two hostages, a man and woman, and
barricade himself with the pair in a room in the building. He later released
the woman, whom Ferguson “injured in the upper part of her body,” although
how exactly the ISP did not say.
Unknown to Ferguson, a second woman was hidden in the same room, the ISP
said, and both this woman and Ferguson’s male hostage were subsequently
released through the efforts of negotiators.
Ferguson appears to have shot himself twice in the head as the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police SWAT Team was making entry, the ISP said.
Harris has said that Ferguson was an ex-Valparaiso resident who had returned
to the area for a week or so to “fix up” an apartment he owned.
Assisting in the investigation, the ISP said, were the VPD, the PCSP, the
Coroner’s Office, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and ATF.