KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A Kendallville police officer shot a suspect who investigators say pulled out a gun during a struggle Friday morning.
“I heard yelling and then all of a sudden I heard five or six gunshots… when I heard the gunshots, it sounded like they were right in my yard. That’s how close they were,” neighbor Brooke Poe says.
She says when she heard the shots, she raced to check on her children who were home from school.
“I happened to look out my window and that’s when I saw the police officers and I knew something was really wrong,” she says.
Police say shortly before eight o’clock, Kendallville officers went to a trailer in the Maple Grove mobile home park on the southeast side of Kendallville for a domestic disturbance.
What happened next isn’t clear, but investigators say at some point, a man struggled with an officer, then pulled a gun from his waistband.
That’s when the officer fired.
“There may not have been an exchange between the two. There were shots fired. I can’t say a determination on an exact number, nor exactly who shot what,” says Sgt. Brian Walker of the Indiana State Police.
The officer is a 12-year veteran of the Kendallville police department, and was not hurt.
Poe says police didn’t find any bullet holes in her home, but did find evidence in her back yard.
“They had orange cones all over my backyard within a couple feet from my house. It looked like what they were picking up was gun shells. So, yeah, a little too close to home,” she says.
Poe hoped crime scene technicians and other investigators would be finished with the scene before kids in the neighborhood got home from school.
“I’m sure that the kids that live in the home, you know, this is hard for them. It’s probably their father. And for the other kids to know. It’s just situations that children are put in nowadays that they shouldn’t be,” she adds.
When the state police complete their investigation, it will be turned over to the Noble County prosecutor’s office.
“Normally that’s why a local agency will call in another agency such as the state police to come in and handle their officer involved shootings to make sure that we’re transparent in the facts,” Walker says.
As standard procedure, the officer is now on paid administrative leave.
The suspect was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital.
At last report, he was said to be alert and talking.
We will keep you updated with new information on this developing story as we get it.
Corinne Rose reported this story.
One person is hurt after a police-action shooting in Kendallville Friday morning.
Indiana State Police said they were called to Aspen Cove to reports of a domestic situation around 8 a.m., and a Kendallville police officer ended up shooting one person involved.
A public information officer tells ABC21 one of the responding Kendallville officers got into an argument with the man involved in the domestic situation.
The man was armed, but it wasn’t clear what led to the Kendallville officer firing his weapon at the man.
Medics took the man to a Fort Wayne hospital for his injuries.
The Indiana State Police is now handling the investigation.