Deputy out of hospital after gun battle; suspect critical

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A DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy was shot by a suspect during a traffic stop Tuesday evening in Garrett, according to Indiana State Police.

ISP Spokesman Sgt. Ted Bohner said a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation around 8:20 p.m. The vehicle and officer stopped in the 400 block of South Hamsher Street near West Edgerton Street. Bohner said a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy was also involved in the stop. 

At some point during the stop, Bohner said both the deputy and suspect fired shots. Bohner did not have immediate information on whether the Garrett officer also fired shots. The Garrett officer was not injured. 

It’s unclear how many total shots were fired.

Bohner said the DeKalb deputy has injures that were considered non-life threatening. State police said Wednesday the deputy was hospitalized overnight and released in the afternoon.

The suspect was hospitalized in critical condition, police said Wednesday.

The names of the deputy, Garrett officer, and suspect have not been released. 

State police is conducting the investigation at the request of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, DeKalb County Prosecutor, and Garrett Police Department, which is standard procedure for most departments for an officer-involved shooting.

“There’s a lot of moving parts to the investigation,” Bohner said in an interview with NewsChannel 15. “It’s going to take a lot of time to determine exactly what happened and who did what.”

Crime scene technicians were combing through vehicles and working in the street to collect possible evidence. Multiple brown paper bags and numbered evidence placards were in the street, but it’s unclear what was being placed into them. 

Most of the police investigation centered on the suspect’s vehicle and various items in the road. Bohner said he wasn’t sure if any houses or other vehicles were struck by gunfire.

The deputy and the Garrett city officer were both placed on administrative leave – standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Part of the investigation will include speaking with neighbors and anyone nearby who may have heard or seen something, Bohner said.

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