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Hammond police involved in shooting during domestic violence call

Updated: February 17, 2014 10:09PM



Indiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving Hammond police Sunday night.

According to the State Police, about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Hammond police and emergency medical services responded to a report of domestic violence at a home in the 6600 block of Ohio Street.

There, officers reportedly found a woman who had been stabbed multiple times with a knife. The woman was able to get away and go to a neighbor to call for assistance, according to the State Police statement.

State Police said John Brown II, 44, confronted and advanced on Hammond police with two large knives. That’s when one Hammond police officer shot Brown.

Brown was taken to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, where he was later pronounced dead. His wife was taken to Munster Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. When the State Police investigation concludes, the findings will be turned over to the Lake County Prosecutor.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the officer, whose name the department isn’t releasing, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the State Police investigation, though he could be brought back on desk duty if needed. Based on the preliminary investigation, Miller said it appears the officer acted within the boundaries of department policy.

The last time a Hammond officer was involved in a fatal shooting was two years ago, Miller said.

Post-Tribune correspondent Michelle L. Quinn contributed to this report.



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