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Man charged in assault on Gary police officer making traffic stop

Updated: December 28, 2012 6:19AM



GARY — The Glen Park man wounded by a Gary police officer Saturday night has been charged with intimidation and resisting law enforcement.

Elliott Smith, 40, of the 5100 block of Adams Street, was treated and released from the hospital after Patrolman Shanesha Emmons shot him in the elbow as he allegedly interfered in a traffic stop at 47th Avenue and Broadway.

Emmons fell as she walked backward when Smith approached her, making threatening statements to the officer. Emmons was not seriously injured and is on paid administrative leave while Lake County Sheriff’s Police investigate her actions.

The shooting appears to be justified, sources close to the investigation said.

Emmons had stopped a driver and had the man out of his car as she performed a “pat down” when Smith, who was nearby, moved closer, the probable cause affidavit states.

She told him to keep his distance, but he replied, “This is my city,” and continued to move quickly toward her. As Emmons used her radio to call for assistance, “she drew her service weapon and pointed at the man” as he threatened to kill her, the affidavit states.

When Smith lunged at her, Emmons fired one shot and kept moving away from him, but fell as she walked backward.

“The man attempted to jump on top of her, so she fired her weapon again,” the affidavit states.

Smith ran south about three blocks and was located at the Paradise Lounge on Broadway where police arrested him.



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