Charges filed, arrest warrant issued for Gary man wounded in shootout with police
Post-Tribune staff report February 11, 2014 6:56PM
Updated: February 12, 2014 2:03AM
GARY — The Glen Park man wounded in a shootout with police who raided his home last week has been charged with 12 felonies, six counts each of attempted murder and attempted battery for firing at six SWAT team members early Feb. 4.
After being treated for his gunshot wound, Dwayne Gunn, 30, was taken to Lake County Jail where he was held for 48 hours then released because no charges were filed. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, police said.
The criminal case was filed in Lake Superior Court on Tuesday, one week after the shooting. Sources said failure by SWAT team members to provide detailed statements to investigators delayed charges.
Gunn, who was not the intended target of a simultaneous raid at two Glen Park homes, was shot in the leg after he allegedly fired a Glock semiautomatic handgun while SWAT members were outside attempting to enter the home, police said. The search warrant was obtained after an investigation by the Narcotics-Vice Unit.
The entry unit of the SWAT team reported hearing shots from inside the house and took cover, and Sgt. Anthony Stanley, who was across the street, fired into the house and shot Gunn. After Stanley returned fire, Gunn and Twain Osborne, 29, both surrendered to police. Police recovered an AK-47 rifle and drugs from the house at 5055 Virginia St.
Because a Gary police officer was involved in the shooting, Lake County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating.
Osborne has been charged with three counts of dealing in cocaine, three counts of dealing in a controlled substance. Osborne was released from prison in September and is on parole for voluntary manslaughter, Indiana Department of Correction records show.
The second home raided, at 5089 Massachusetts St., resulted in the arrest of two men, Carl Banks, 51, and Lafayette Caldwell, 31. Banks was charged with three counts of dealing cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana, court records state. Caldwell is charged dealing cocaine and possession of cocaine. Both are at Lake County Jail and scheduled to appear in Court on Wednesday.
The SWAT team is supervised by Cmdr. Sean Jones, a former convicted felon whose drug case was pardoned while he was in the hiring process to become a Gary police officer.
Jones is a close associate of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who last year asked Indiana State Police to help patrol in the city. Gov. Mike Pence responded with an offer to study the department. The assessment team strongly urged the administration to remove Jones from his command position.