The names of a deputy and police officer involved in a shootout with a suspect Tuesday night in Garrett have been released.
They’re identified as DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy and nine-year veteran, Todd McCormick, 53, and Garrett Police officer Alicia Castro, 25 years-old who is a four-month veteran of the police department.
Deputy McCormick was shot by a driver during a traffic stop, according to Indiana State Police. ISP Spokesman Sgt. Ted Bohner said the vehicle was pulled over 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.
At some point during the stop, Bohner said both McCormick and the suspect fired shots. Bohner did not have immediate information on whether the Officer Castro also fired shots. It’s unclear how many total shots were fired.
The deputy suffered gunshot wounds to both hands and is being treated for those injuries. Officer Castro was not injured in the incident.
As of Wednesday, the suspect was hospitalized in critical condition. His name has not been released. The investigation is ongoing. Part of the investigation will include speaking with neighbors and anyone nearby who may have heard or seen something, Bohner said.