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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Man accused of shooting officer released from hospital, arrested

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Garrett man who was shot by two police officers – one of whom used the suspect's gun and was also shot by him – during a traffic stop in April has been arrested after being released Tuesday from a hospital, state police said.

DeKalb Sheriff's Deputy Todd McCormick and Garrett police officer Alicia Castro both shot Joshua D. Mumma April 10, according to an investigation by state police Detective Jake Quick. 

McCormick stopped Mumma, 41, for an equipment violation on his vehicle and asked him to get out, but he refused. The traffic stop occurred about 8:20 p.m. in the 400 block of South Hamsher Street on Garrett's north side, state police said.

When McCormick opened the door to assist Mumma in exiting the vehicle, a fight ensued inside the car. Mumma pulled a .38 caliber handgun and pointed it at McCormick, who then drew his gun, police said.

Mumma fired multiple shots before the fight continued outside the car and onto the ground, police said. Investigators believe Mumma pointed his gun at Castro, the Garrett officer, and pulled the trigger, but a round wasn't fired.

The fight for both Mumma and McCormick’s handguns continued until Castro shot Mumma with her sidearm and McCormick shot Mumma with Mumma's .38 caliber handgun, police said.

McCormick's hands were severely wounded in the shooting, and Mumma was hospitalized for wounds he sustained. Castro was not injured, police said.

The investigation uncovered more than 30 grams of methamphetamine inside Mumma’s vehicle, police said.

Mumma was booked into the DeKalb County Jail Tuesday on two counts of attempted murder with a firearm enhancement, dealing methamphetamine, disarming a law enforcement officer and being a habitual offender.

Police said Mumma will be transferred to the Allen County Jail and will be held without bail.

DeKalb County Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner said both McCormick and Castro acted to defend themselves and neither would not be criminally charged.

Both officers have since returned to work, with McCormick in more of a limited capacity as he continues to recover from his wounds, police said.

jchapman@jg.net