Written statement issued Tuesday morning: Sergeant Ron Galaviz, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer, released information related to the traffic stop shooting.
A DeKalb County man is clinging to life this morning after shooting himself while stopped by an Indiana State Police Trooper.
According to Detective Mark Heffelfinger, at approximately 2:20 am today, Trooper Caleb Anderson initiated a traffic stop at Maplecrest and Stellhorn Roads for an equipment violation. The violator pulled his vehicle, a 1995 Dodge Intrepid into the parking lot of the Walgreen's located at the northwest corner of that intersection.
During the conversation with the violator, a 24 year old white male from DeKalb County, Trooper Anderson observed that he had been handed an identification card which identified someone other than who he had stopped. As he asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, the driver leaned over, grabbed a handgun from under his right leg and shot himself in the head. Trooper Anderson immediately called for assistance, both police and medical.
The man, whose identity is not being released pending notification of his family, was rushed to Parkview Hospital where he was last listed in critical condition. Trooper Anderson was not injured and this incident remains under investigation. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments.