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Indiana cop charged for shooting at another officer last year

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A cop in northwestern Indiana has been charged for shooting at another cop last year.
In November, Officer Phillip Fabian, 33, of the St. John Police Department was checking out an abandoned car on West 93rd Street and Cline Avenue in town at about 2:30 in the morning.
Investigators say Officer Fabian was on the shoulder of the road when he noticed a car driving towards his general direction. Fabian “feared for his life” and fired a few shots at the car. There was a bullet hole left in the passenger-side seat.
That car was driven by an off-duty police officer with the Hammond Police Department, who was not hurt. Body cam footage of the shooting does exist but it’s being kept locked up to be used as evidence in court, says the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said in a November Facebook post that the off-duty Hammond cop was on his way home and he was moving his car to the side of the road to “give space to an ongoing traffic stop.” McDermott says the shooting was “deadly force” and said Fabian was a danger to society and didn’t deserve to wear a badge.
The St. John Board of Works will determine whether or not Officer Fabian will stay on paid administrative leave. He’s charged with criminal recklessness and mischief.

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