Police chase ends with Goshen officer shooting, injuring suspect

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A police chase ended with gunfire and a suspect suffering non-life-threatening injuries.

The pursuit began around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Lincolnway east and Kercher Road when a Goshen officer attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Joshua Allen Perry, 34, of Goshen didn’t stop and led police on a 45 minute pursuit that ended with stop sticks flattening Perry’s tires at Washington and 3rd Street, according to a news release from the Goshen Police Department.

An incident occurred after the chase ended which resulted in an officer firing his gun.

Perry was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Perry has two outstanding county warrants as well as preliminary charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle.

The Goshen Police Department issued the following news release regarding the pursuit and shooting:

Tonight at approximately 9:17 p.m., in the area of Lincolnway East (US33) and Kercher Road, a Goshen officer attempted a traffic stop in which the subject driving the vehicle refused to stop and fled in his vehicle. The initial officer along with assisting officers proceeded to follow the suspect from that location on a lengthy pursuit ending at 3rd and Washington at approximately 9:57 p.m.

Speeds during the entirety of the pursuit averaged 30-40 mph.

Officers used stopsticks at several locations which flattened the suspect vehicle tires preventing high speeds and bringing the pursuit to an end.

At the termination of the pursuit an incident occurred resulting in an officer firing his duty

The suspect, Joshua Allen Perry, 34 yoa, of Goshen was treated by Goshen Medics and
transported to the Goshen Hospital for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Perry has two outstanding county warrants as well as preliminary charges of resisting arrest with vehicle.

As is department procedure, the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave until the
investigation of the officer involved shooting is completed. The Officer’s name will be released at a later time.

The review and investigation of the circumstances surrounding of the shooting will be
completed by the Elkhart County Homicide Unit. Any additional information in reference to this incident may be requested from the Elkhart County Homicide Unit.


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