Monday, September 26, 2016
Hammond cop shoots man who pointed gun at officers, state police say
The 33-year-old man was in stable condition at Munster Community Hospital, according to a news release from state police.
About 7:20 p.m., Hammond police were called to do a well-being check on the man at a residence in the 1500 block of 177th Place, state police said. An acquaintance had told police the man had been making suicidal comments.
Officers arrived and began talking to the man, but talks later broke down and the man went back inside the home, police said.
Officers noticed that once inside, he had picked up firearms, prompting the officers to return toward their vehicles, state police said.
The man, at one point, shot one of the firearms inside his home. After further attempts to negotiate with the man proved unsuccessful, the man came out of the home with a shotgun and an automatic handgun, according to state police.
The man "lowered the shotgun toward officers," and a Hammond officer responded by shooting at the man one time and striking him, police said.
No police or other citizens were injured, police said.
According to the news release, the investigation is ongoing and is expected to take some time to complete.