The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 8:20 am

2 officers pull man from lake

The Journal Gazette

A state police trooper and a county sheriff's deputy pulled a man from Crystal Lake on Sunday night after he jumped into the water, state police said today.

State police responded to a residence on West Snyder Road in Warsaw located on the lake to find a naked man standing on the pier and arguing with a deputy already at the scene, police at Bremen said in a statement.

Trooper Tim Carpenter and Kosciusko County Deputy Mike Fowler removed their gun belts and most of their uniforms in case the man jumped in the lake, the statement said. As the officers neared the end of the pier, it said, the man jumped into the lake and swam away. 

When the man swam further away, Carpenter and Fowler jumped into the lake and swam toward him, police said. While Fowler diverted the man's attention, Carpenter grabbed the man from behind, controlling him. They returned to shore using a rescue rope.

The man was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for evaluation, the statement said. Both Carpenter and Fowler suffered minor cuts.

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