Michigan City Police action shooting
Early Sunday morning, Indiana State Police detectives were called to investigate a police action shooting that involved a Michigan City Police officer. Preliminary investigation shows at 3:30 a.m., Sunday morning, an officer with the Michigan City Police Department fired at a maroon suburban that was occupied by a single male, later identified as 29 year old Merwin A. Coleman of La Porte. The suburban was speeding towards this officer and another officer just north of him who was impounding a vehicle from an earlier Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), vehicle and foot pursuit. The suburban was at a high rate of speed, all over the road in the 400 block of Pleasant Avenue. Coleman was treated and released from Franciscan Health in Michigan City for a graze wound to his arm. It is not known if the wound was received from the officer shooting or from a shots fired call that happened minutes earlier, up the street, in the 200 block of Pleasant Avenue. Prior to the police action shooting Michigan City Police were investigating two separate shots fired calls in the Eastport neighborhood. One being in the 200 block of Pleasant Avenue and another on Ridgeland Avenue. Shortly before the police involved shooting other officers were reporting they had overheard gunshots south of their location on Pleasant Avenue while impounding a car from an unrelated OWI, vehicle and foot pursuit which ended in an arrest. Additionally, a residence in the area of Pleasant Avenue and Rose Street was struck by the Michigan City officer’s gunfire. No one in that residence was injured. The officer was also not injured and has been placed on Administrative Leave per Michigan City Police Department’s policy. At least one unoccupied car sustained bullet damage from the earlier reported shooting incidents. No other citizens were injured. The name of the officer involved in the shooting will be released later this week.
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