HAMMOND, Ind. (AP)—Two Northwest Indiana men face armed robbery charges
after police say they robbed a bank, went outside, and shot an officer who
had just arrived.
Hammond police spokesman Lt. Richard Hoyda said Saturday that the
34-year-old officer was in stable condition and expected to recover from the
wounds he suffered in Friday morning's shooting outside a BMO Harris Bank
branch. The officer suffered three gunshot wounds to one of his legs.
Police have not released the name of the officer, who's been on the force 13
David Hardin and Brealon Miller were arrested following a brief high-speed
car chase. Hardin and Miller, both 24 and from Gary, were charged with armed
bank robbery Friday afternoon in federal court in Hammond.
U.S. Attorney David Capp said the two will remain in federal custody until a
detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller told the Times of Munster that prosecutors
may also file charges in connection with the officer's shooting. He said
authorities are investigating whether the defendants have any prior criminal
Miller said the two suspects entered the bank and instructed a teller to
hand over money and the teller complied.
He told the Post-Tribune of Merrillville that the officer wounded in the
shooting had just arrived at the bank and had not yet left his squad car
when the suspects fired eight shots at him with a 9mm handgun taken from a
security guard at the bank.
Miller said a civilian driving nearby saw the shooting and followed the two
men in his car, providing police with directions.
He said Hammond police "we were able to box (the suspects) in" with help
from Gary police. Officers recovered two firearms and money believed to have
been taken from the bank. He said the suspects also took at least one
customer's wallet at gunpoint before fleeing on foot. No one inside the bank