2 shot dead in Ligonier; 3 in custody

Crime
Michael Johnson

Police in Noble County are investigating after two people were found shot to death in Ligonier Monday night.

Police and medics were called around 9 p.m. to a home in the 200 block of Water Street in Ligonier after a person called 911 and reported that someone had been shot there. Officers arrived and found the body of a man lying on the sidewalk in front of the home with a gunshot wound. Inside the home, police found a woman dead with a gunshot wound.

According to a released from Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman, police were able to identify a witness at the scene and identified a possible suspect and a suspect vehicle.

A short time later, Blackman said a LaGrange Police officer spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but it sped off. The vehicle eventually stopped and the driver – identified as Michael Johnson of Fort Wayne – was arrested and taken to the Noble County Jail.

Two female “persons of interest” were also found in Kendallville and Fort Wayne and taken into custody for questioning, Blackman said.

Blackman said his office will seek search warrants Tuesday. He would not release any additional details about the case.

The victims were not identified and it’s not clear why they were shot.

“I want to commend the Ligonier Police Department for their quick response, which led to persons of interest being quickly identified and located,” said Blackman. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.”

A press conference has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Ligonier Police Department. Blackman and Ligonier Police Chief Bryan Shearer are expected to discuss the investigation.

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