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Police arrest suspect in shooting following high speed chase

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- A suspect in a double shooting led Michigan City Police on a high speed chase early Friday morning, according to police.

Around 12:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the Green Acres manufactured home community to investigate a shooting.

At the scene, officers located Jennifer Walkden and John Floyd who were each suffering from a single gunshot wound. They were transported to the hospital with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.

While speaking with the victims, police learned the suspect, who was only known by his nickname, got into a white Cadillac and fled the scene.

After the description of the suspect and his vehicle was transmitted to other officers, an officer spotted the vehicle in the area of Coolspring and Roeske avenues.

When the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver fled and tossed a handgun out the window, police said.

Police said the handgun was retrieved.

The suspect, later identified as Brandon Shepard, led officers on a pursuit in excess of 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to police. Police said he disregarded several stop lights and stop signs.

Another officer deployed stop sticks in the area of the railroad tracks on Hitchcock, but the driver did not stop.

Instead, the pursuit continued at speeds of 70 mph in a 30 mph zone, police said.

Shepard stopped in an alley near Columbia Street, but an officer positioned his vehicle so he was unable to exit the driver's side door.

Shepard was taken into custody on a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the lead detective Cpl. Steve Alt at 219-874-3221 Ext. 1045.

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