Indiana Officers Fatally Shoot Suspect After Chase in Illinois: Police

Officers in northwest Indiana fatally shot a suspect during a police chase that began in Illinois early Thursday, according to police.

Around 5 a.m., officers in south suburban Crete engaged in a pursuit with a suspect in a stolen vehicle, according to Sauk Village Police Chief Robert Kowalski.

The pursuit continued west into Sauk Village, where the suspect left the stolen car and got into a vehicle that had been planted in the area, Kowalski said.

The suspect then struck an innocent bystander near the intersection of Sauk Trail and Jeffrey Avenue, according to police.

Officers stopped to assist the pedestrian, announcing details about the suspect over police radio, according to Kowalski. 

The victim, whose age and gender was not immediately available, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. 

The offender did not stop, according to police, and continued across the state border into Indiana.

Indiana State Police and Dyer Police spotted the suspect’s vehicle in Dyer, according to Kowalski.

Dyer police then fatally shot the suspect, Kowalski said. The Lake County Coroner’s office says further details on the suspect’s identity were not available, as family has not been notified. 

The suspect had on an ankle monitor from the Illinois Department of Corrections, and had an active warrant out for armed robbery and burglary, police confirmed. 

Several officers from multiple agencies were involved in the incident, which remains under investigation by Indiana State Police. Four officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

According to police, there is audio and video of the shooting, but it will not be released until an investigation is complete.  

There is no risk to the public, Deputy Chief Dan Murchek of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department said at a news conference.

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