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Report: Marion man shoots at police with woman, baby in backseat

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Courtesy: Channel 27, Marion
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Courtesy: Channel 27, Marion
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Courtesy: Channel 27, Marion
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Courtesy: Channel 27, Marion

MARION, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Marion man is accused of shooting at police during a chase all while an 8-month-old child and a woman were in the back seat.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Marion Police, the Grant County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Pontiac Vibe at 3rd and Whites Avenue in Marion.

Law enforcement wanted to question the suspect in connection to a shooting that happened in Wabash on Jan. 20. That shooting left one person hurt.

Police ordered 30-year-old Cori C. Gentry out of the vehicle, but he refused.

As officers approached the vehicle, Gentry reportedly yelled out that he had nothing to lose.

That's when he hit the gas, crashing into an Indiana State Police vehicle. Gentry then went in reverse, crashing into a Marion Police vehicle.

Gentry was able to evade officers.

As police chased him, Gentry drove northbound on G Street.

While in the 200 block of G Street, police said Gentry opened his driver's door, leaned out, and fired two shots at pursuing officers.

He continued to flee police, driving through the middle of Marion at 70 mph.

At one point, he struck another Marion Police vehicle in the 300 block of East Grant Street.

His vehicle continued into the YMCA parking lot, and then into an alley between Nelson Street and Spencer Avenue.

That's where police said he lost control of his car and struck a tree.

Gentry tossed his handgun out of the car, and then got out of the vehicle.

Officers secured the weapon and arrested him without further incident.

Police then found a woman and her 8-month-old daughter in the backseat.

Medics took the pair to a local hospital to get treated for minor injuries and bruises.

The woman told police that she was initially driving the car, but once officers pulled them over, Gentry ordered her to switch places with him.

Gentry is now facing a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Detectives were able to find 9mm spend shell casings in the 200 block of North G. Street.

No officers were hurt during the exchange of gunfire.

More charges could be filed in the future.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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