At the request of the Elkhart Police Department and Elkhart County Sheriff’s office, Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened Sunday morning.
Indiana State Police say their preliminary investigation indicates around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday Elkhart County Deputy Justin Yoder attempted to stop a red 2005 Mazda for a traffic violation near CR 4 and CR 9. That’s just north of Elkhart.
27-year-old Michael Christian has been identified as the driver. Police say he did not stop, and pursuit began. Elkhart Police Department Sergeant Nathan Lanzen assisted in the pursuit.
The pursuit ended at an Elkhart apartment complex, when Christian fled on foot. Christian attempted to enter one the apartments, when a physical struggle started at the entrance.
Sgt. Lanzen’s handgun discharged as a result of the struggle. Deputy Yoder reportedly fired his handgun, too.
No one was struck.
Christian was arrested on several charges.
Yoder is a 4 ½ year veteran with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Lanzen has been a member of the Elkhart Police Department for 10 years.
The investigation is ongoing.