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Verbatim: Shooting suspect apprehended


Written statement issued Wednesday morning: Sgt. Ann Wojas, Indiana State Police public information officer, released information related to the capture of a shooting suspect.

Fountain County, Indiana -- The Indiana State Police in cooperation with multi-agencies were able to identify, locate and apprehend the suspect in the shooting that occurred on the evening of February 17, 2011 on I-80 west bound at the Lake Station exit.

At approximately 2:31 pm (C.S.T.), the Dodge Charger that was involved in the shooting was located on I-74 going west bound in Montgomery County. A Fountain County Sheriff's Deputy and Crawfordsville Police Officer were able to get behind the vehicle where a pursuit began. At one point, during the pursuit, a 2008 Freightliner semi-box trailer that was also west bound on I-74 was shot at and hit twice by the suspect in the Charger. The driver of the semi was not injured. Stop sticks were deployed at approximately the 10 mile marker by the Fountain County Sheriff's Department. The Charger's front tire blew; the vehicle lost control and went off the road into a tree line. The driver then fled on foot into the wooded area.

A perimeter was set up and the Indiana State Police Central Emergency Response Team and Trooper Jon Eads and his K-9 Nico were able to locate and apprehend the suspect who was hiding in water. A weapon was also located and recovered.

The suspect, Aaron Di Shon Windom, 25 of Michigan City, Indiana, was taken to Saint Elizabeth's Health Care Hospital in Crawfordsville for hyperthermia. He may be taken to Fountain County Jail where he faces local charges. He will later be transported and charged at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. Our investigation is being finalized and those charges are pending.

The silver 2007 Dodge Charger involved was reportedly stolen in a car-jacking that occurred in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 17, 2011. The description of the alleged car-jacker closely matches the description of the above suspect.

Windom is also wanted on several warrants out of Lake and LaPorte Counties. He is also a person of interest in a homicide in Lake County.

The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division would like to thank the multiple agencies who were instrumental in getting this dangerous and armed suspect into custody.

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