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CMHU investigating police-involved shooting following pursuit

NORTH LIBERTY, Ind. -- An hour long police pursuit ended in a cornfield when the suspect was shot by police and his vehicle and a police cruiser caught fire, according to St Joseph County Police.

North Liberty Police began pursuing a vehicle around 4:30 a.m. Monday after officers discovered the plates on the vehicle may be stolen.

The high speed pursuit included North Liberty Police, St. Joseph County Police, Walkerton Police and La Porte Police. The suspect's vehicle rammed several police vehicles during the pursuit, police said.

The pursuit ended in a cornfield off Leeper and SR23 around 5:30 a.m. when police fired shots at the suspect and he was hit by gunfire, police said.

A Walkerton Police officer's vehicle and the suspect's vehicle caught fire in the field.

Police pulled the suspect from the burning vehicle and provided treatment of his wounds and was transported to Memorial Hospital.

The vehicle fires caught the cornfield on fire. The fire was reported under control at 6:24 a.m.

Several officers were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has identified the man who was shot in the pursuit as 48-year-old Kevin Meyers of LaPorte.

Meyers was taken into surgery for his injuries following the pursuit. Police say that he is in stable condition. 

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MX 28 days ago
Police in the area have been getting a little pushy lately. Not sure what the deal is, but they need to chill out. In regards to this, I'm curious as to the situation. If they shot a local that was running away, that cop will not be welcome in the area. However, the community will support them if it was justified. I'm really waiting for the rest of the story. Like I said, the cops have been getting a little rowdy, so I'm curious as to the circumstances.
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K MX 27 days ago
He wasn't fleeing he was still in the vehicle he most likely was driving towards one of the officers when they lit him up
MX SteveWestlake 27 days ago
I said I was waiting for the story. There was nothing in the article other than the police action shooting when I commented. My "area" is about 3 miles from where this occurred. And yes, the cops have been overzealous recently. And how are the plates "possibly" stolen. They either are, or they aren't. No, they should not have ran, but it sounds like the whole stop was BS. Heck, I was pulled over the other day, I haven't been stopped in over 10 years, and they lied about my speed and tried to get me to admit to it. After refusing to cave into their BS, I get a warning. How many times do you get stopped for 15 over, argue with the cop, and get a warning? That happens when the stop wasn't valid. They wanted to know who was in the car. I have a nice car because I have a good job. I shouldn't have to argue with these guys on an unlawful stop. So in the end, was it really worth it to shoot someone, wipe out a bunch of squad cars, start a field on fire, and occupy a lot people's time over "possibly stolen plates"? I'm sure out local boys, that don't get any "action", will say yes.
SteveWestlake MX 27 days ago
Ah yes MX! Great explanation of what ensued! However I DID not see those quotation marks stating a law enforcement officer said the plates MAY be stolen. U R correct! The either are or not. But they may be to another vehicle, which then would be a crime also! And if it's a priority that you have a nice car to be pulled over...well? And I am impressed with your great driving record. Last time I was stopped it had been 49 years. But you still can't operate a scanner in your vehicle!
MX SteveWestlake 27 days ago
I wasn't the one with scanner. Additionally, the real crux of my statement falls back to our current methods of policing. I'm curious as to how many wrecked cruisers, injured innocent bystanders, and property damage it takes to equate to an air asset. I don't think we even need to go as far as a helicopter. A simple mid-range drone equipped with an IR camera. The squad car can follow far enough back that speeds drop, but know exactly where the suspects go and can interdict when safe. We need to turn our LE tactics from a hammer to a scalpel. I will admit that certain instances do require extreme violence of action and aggressive tactics, but those should be rare. As they are in place now, we look like a bunch of bumbling idiots running around destroying stuff. Smarter not harder. Why play the game the criminal wants, which is extreme danger to public and property? Our police still employ the same general tactics as when they were founded. They have better tools and more information, yet 200 year old methods remain.
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