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Update: Carjacking pursuit ends with ISP trooper shot, suspect killed

Contributed By:The 411 News

Troopers and suspect exchange gunshots

*UPDATE* ISP Requesting Public's Assistance Locating a Second Individual
The investigation into the officer involved shooting on I-65 at the 246.8 mile-marker is ongoing. As the investigation has progressed, the Indiana State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a second individual that was seen at the Pilot at exit 201 (Remington, IN).

This subject is described as a black male, possibly driving a silver Toyota Corolla. Prior to arriving at the Pilot, the vehicle was seen entering the truck stop with its hazard lights activated. The Toyota was seen parked next to the black Mitsubishi that was stolen and left at the same time as the stolen Mitsubishi. The Toyota was located a short time later abandoned on I-65 at the 202 mile marker.

If anyone has any information on this individual’s identity or saw the vehicle on I-65 is requested to contact Detective Smith or Detective Rector at the Lafayette State Police Post (765) 567-2125.

Indiana State Police reported a suspect in a carjacking was shot and killed by an Indiana State Trooper Friday night.

The office of the Lake County Coroner identified the deceased as Caine Van Pelt, 23, of the 7300 block of S. Aberdeen St. Chicago, IL.

On June 12, at 10:15 p.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an armed robbery/carjacking at the Pilot Truck Stop at exit 201, near Remington.

The victim of the carjacking reported that a black male, wearing a mask, pointed a gun at his head while taking possession of the vehicle, a black Mitsubishi.

A Demotte police officer located the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on I-65 near the 230 mile-marker where he was going to make a traffic stop; however, the officer’s emergency lighting became disabled and the officer lost sight of the vehicle near exit 240 (Lowell).

Two ISP troopers located the Mitsubishi near the 246 mile marker and attempted to make a traffic stop but the vehicle fled. Troopers pursued the vehicle until it was slowed and stopped by a flat tire.

ISP reported the driver exited the vehicle and immediately began to fire a weapon at the troopers, striking one of them. The suspect and troopers continued to exchange gunfire when one of the trooper's rounds struck the suspect.

The trooper began to administer first aid to the suspect however his efforts were unsuccessful. The trooper then administered first aid to the injured trooper by applying a tourniquet to the trooper’s lower extremity. The injured trooper was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Story Posted:06/13/2020

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