Suspect Held In Indiana Road Rage Shootings
UPDATED 02/23/11 10:13 p.m.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (CBS/WBBM) – A suspect has been arrested in connection with a couple of highway shootings last week in Northwest Indiana.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Aaron Di Shon Windom, 25, of Michigan City, was apprehended after a police chase that ensued when his Dodge Charger was spotted in Montgomery County in west central Indiana about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, state police said.
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He is suspected in a road rage on Interstate 80/94 in Lake Station, Ind., this past Thursday, in which he allegedly shot at, but missed, a couple who were with a child. The couple reported that someone in a Dodge Charger shot at their car as both vehicles were westbound on I-80/94 around 9:20 p.m. that day, according to authorities.
The victims’ car was struck multiple times by gunshots. One of the adults inside was hit by glass fragments, but refused medical attention.
A police report described the shooting as an apparent road rage incident. The driver of the Charger was, at one point, driving behind the victims’ car and started to flash the Charger’s lights.
During the police chase on Interstate 74 Tuesday, a westbound tractor-trailer on was shot at and hit twice by the suspect in the fleeing Dodge Charger, according to a state police news release, which said the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Later, the Charger blew a front tire after the Fountain County Sheriff’s Department deployed stop sticks, state police said.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talked to the Indiana state trooper whose k-9 partner, helped catch him.
“He could have easily shot me, before I had ever seen him and I would have never known it,” said Indiana State Trooper and K-9 handler, Jon Eads.
“He would come up just enough, to where he could get air,” Eads said. The only thing the trooper could see, was the whites of Windom’s eyes.
“I couldn’t see his hands. They were all covered in the muddy water. I drew my weapon and began to order him commands of, ‘Put your hands up. Put your hands up!’ ”
Windom was taken into custody. Nico the K-9 also lead police to the suspect’s rifle. It was recovered by the Indiana State Police dive team in the creek.
“I think there’s a lot of heroes here,” said Eads. “It was a coordinated joint effort that was all led by Nico, at the very end.”
Windom was taken to a hospital in Crawfordsville, Ind., for treatment.
Windom faces local charges in Fountain County, Ind., and was to be transported to Lake County Jail in Crown Point where he was scheduled to be charged, state police said.
The silver 2007 Dodge Charger that Windom reportedly fled in was allegedly stolen in a carjacking that occurred in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 17. The description of the carjacker closely matches Windom’s description, state police said.
Gary police also want to question Windom in connection with the Saturday shooting death of 17-year-old Deandre Wilson of Chicago at the Oak Knoll Renaissance apartment complex in the 4300 block of West 23rd Avenue in Gary. Wilson was killed after he and another male had argued, Gary police said.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.