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Police Chase Ends in Fatal Shooting South of La Porte

(Koontz Lake, IN) - Indiana State Police are investigating a New Year’s Eve police-involved shooting in Starke County, just south of La Porte.  According to reports, the deadly shooting was the culmination of a two-county police chase that started near Plymouth.


Just before midnight Thursday, Marshall County police pulled over a vehicle on U.S. 30 for a moving violation.  The driver fled west into Starke County.  Near Koontz Lake, the suspect’s vehicle was crippled by police stop sticks, and allegedly drove toward police vehicles, striking three of them.  Two officers fired into the vehicle, hitting the driver.  He was taken to a South Bend hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


The driver was identified Friday afternoon as 63-year-old Jeffrey Marvin of Valparaiso. Identities of the officers involved have not been released, as State Police continue to investigate.

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