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State Police pursuit ends with suspect shot and trooper hurt

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Indiana State Police report troopers took over a pursuit early Tuesday morning after Munster Police initiated pursuit of a silver Nissan sedan at approximately 12:27 a.m. following a report of suspicious activity at a Munster residence.

ISP units assisted after the driver left Munster traveling at a high rate of speed without headlights and allegedly attempted to ram a Munster Police car, ISP said. The pursuit continued eastbound on I-94 from Kennedy Avenue and north onto Cline Avenue before the suspect vehicle exited onto Columbus Drive and crashed into a roundabout, after which the driver attempted to continue fleeing west on Columbus before stopping in the left lane, according to ISP.

When the ISP trooper left his vehicle to attempt contact with the driver, the driver struck the trooper with the Nissan as he stood outside his ISP vehicle, wedging him between the suspect vehicle and his own. The trooper then shot at and struck the suspect through the Nissanís windshield.

ISP reports the driver of the silver Nissan was identified as Eric R. Douglas, 30, of Crown Point, and he is being held at Lake County Jail both for active warrants out of Marion and Porter counties and on a probable cause hold related to the Tuesday pursuit.

Both Douglas and the trooper were transported for treatment with non-life-threatening injures and three passengers who were riding with Douglas were uninjured, according to ISP.

ISP reports the investigation is ongoing, and the name of the ISP trooper involved will be released Thursday afternoon.


Posted 6/2/2020





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