Police: Man fatally shot after attacking officers


SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff’s officer fatally shot a person who allegedly attacked a family member and officers at a northwestern Indiana home.

State police say the Porter County sheriff’s office responded Wednesday evening in South Haven following a call to assist EMS with person was reported to be suicidal.

Police say two officers arrived and tried to get the person to answer the door before a third officer arrived and saw a bloody person inside through a window. The officers forced their way into the home and used a stun gun to subdue the person, described by police as a male.

He has been identified as Kevin Grant Vawter, 46, of Valparaiso.  

Police say Vawter lunged at an officer with a knife while being handcuffed and one of the officers shot him. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to Indiana State Police, all three officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident.  

The officer that was involved in the shooting is on administrative duties which is per the Porter County Sheriff’s standard operating policy.  The two other officers involved have returned to normal police duties.  

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