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State police investigating LaOtto man’s shootout with law enforcement

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KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A Noble County man was rushed to the hospital after a shootout with police in Kendalville early Thursday morning.

"It sounded like 20 shots going off," neighbor Pam Gillespie said.

State police say 40-year-old Justin Robert Weikel of LaOtto led them on a chase through Allen, DeKalb, and Noble counties after speeding away from a Fort Wayne police officer late Wednesday night who pulled him over for reckless driving.

Police say Weikel led officers from five departments to the Johnson mobile home park on the south side of Kendallville and refused to get out of his car.

"They brought drones in, they had two SWAT teams come in, and I watched a SWAT guy go all the way down and through. It was something else. I heard them scream get out of the car, throw your gun out. He never got out," Gillespie said.

Instead, police say, Weikel started shooting at them from inside his car.

Justin Weikel, 40, has an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of Noble County for meth.

Investigators say several officers shot back, but when Weikel allegedly continued firing, they backed off to protect themselves and nearby residents and called in SWAT teams from Fort Wayne and the state police.

After firing a flash-bang into Weikel's car, Fort Wayne SWAT officers got him out and paramedics took him to the hospital.

Police say it's not known yet whether one of their bullets hit Weikel or if he possibly shot himself.

"I would never expect something like this, but you never know where it's going to happen, I guess," neighbor Chris Rehl said.

He says he woke up when a bullet came through his front window.

He's still shaken.

"It don't happen to one person, it affects everybody around here. She just had a baby and she had to leave. And it wasn't good," he said.

Neighbors say SWAT officers went to all the surrounding homes afterwards to make sure no one was hurt.

It turns out that Weikel has an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of Noble County for meth.

He's also charged with other felonies including drug counts and unlawful possession of a weapon as a serious violent offender.

When police complete their investigation, the Noble County prosecutor will decide on charges related to this incident.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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