One Dead, Three in Custody Following Police Pursuit on U.S. 30 in Hobart

Multiple police agencies responded to the call near U.S. 30 and Colorado Street. (Photo provided by Gloria Ballard)

A home invasion in Porter County Wednesday led police on a car and foot chase through several jurisdictions before ultimately ending in one suspect’s death and the capture of three others. According to Porter County police, the incident started when three men in a silver car robbed the home of a 52-year-old woman, battering her and stealing cash and guns. She was treated at a nearby hospital, but her neighbor pursued the suspects and kept police informed as to their location as they traveled through Hobart.

Police say the four men left the home in a silver car, heading west on U.S. 30, when they took a sharp right turn onto Colorado Street going too fast and crashed into three vehicles – one of which was an SUV driven by an FBI agent. Three of the men bailed out of the car, fleeing on foot, while the one suspect who remained in the vehicle was taken into custody.

Two of the men fleeing ran through several businesses in an effort to change their appearance before they were apprehended in the 2800 block of East 80th Avenue. The third man ran across U.S. 30 toward a nearby restaurant while being chased by an FBI agent. He fired his weapon twice toward the agent before turning it on himself.

Because the pursuit crossed multiple jurisdictions, Hobart, Merrillville, and Hammond police responded to the call, along with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab, Porter County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, the FBI, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.