Elkhart police officer’s gun fired during struggle with suspect

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The Indiana State Police is investigating a police action shooting that happened after a traffic stop.

It was around 3 am on Sunday, Dec. 15, when an Elkhart County Deputy attempted to stop a red 2005 Mazda for a traffic violation near CR 4 and CR 9 in Elkhart County.

The driver of the Mazda, Michael Christian, 27 of Elkhart did not stop and a pursuit began, with an Elkhart city officer assisting, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

The pursuit entered the North Lake Apartment complex in the 52000 block of Brookstream Circle when Christian stopped his car and took off on foot.

As other officers arrived to assist, Christian attempted to enter an apartment when a physical struggle with the Elkhart city police officer began. During the scuffle, the officer’s gun fired. The county officer fired his handgun, as well.

Nobody was hit by the gunfire.

Christian was arrested on several charges.


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