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Autopsy shows Valparaiso victim shot 3 times

Gerid Forste | Porter County Sheriff's Dept.

Gerid Forste | Porter County Sheriff's Dept.

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Updated: May 5, 2014 8:55AM



VALPARAISO — The Kouts man who was killed early Wednesday at a Valparaiso apartment was shot three times, according to Porter County Coroner Bob Harris.

The autopsy for Gerid Forste, 31, showed “the most serious of the wounds being a gunshot wound to the chest area, which caused massive internal injuries. The other two injuries were on the deceased’s legs,” according to Harris’ news release.

Any possible charges would come Friday, Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said Thursday afternoon.

His office was waiting on autopsy results before filing charges.

A 34-year-old Valparaiso man who was in the Black Partridge apartment at the time remains in Porter County Jail.

That suspect also has lived in Kouts, according to court records, although police identified him as the tenant at 1305 Black Partridge Lane, Apartment 1, where the shooting took place.

Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner said the shooting happened at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday during an argument between the two men. Forste was shot with an AR-15 rifle, police said.

Police have not released a possible motive in the shooting or explained the relationship between the two men.

Both men had criminal histories in Porter County, and Forste was waiting trial on Class A misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting another man in the mouth, face and side of the head on Feb. 16

The Porter County Prosecutor’s Office charged Forste with criminal offenses 21 times since January 2002, eight of those felonies.

Those charges were for batteries, thefts and burglaries and various driving offenses, including multiple charges related to driving while intoxicated.

The Indiana Department of Corrections released Forste in January 2013 after he served time for counts of escape, a Class C felony, and battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

The suspect in Forste’s shooting death has five criminal incidents on record, all Class D felony charges and most related to marijuana and intoxication.

Most recently, he pleaded guilty to a Class D felony theft count in April 2012 for the January 2011 theft of ADHD medication

He received a sentence of 30 days in Porter County Jail, 30 days of community service and 16 months on probation.

Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford revoked the man’s probation in June, and sentenced him to 90 more days in jail.



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