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Arrest for Officer's Close Call with Gun

(La Porte County, IN) - An arrest has been made for a gunshot that nearly struck a La Porte County Police Officer. Javier Santillan, 20, of Westville, is charged with Level 5 Felony Criminal Recklessness and remained in the La Porte County Jail without bond Tuesday.


According to police, off-duty Sgt. Jon Burger, on November 17, went over to a residence where two subjects were physically fighting outside on Dogwood Drive in Center Township. Burger identified himself as an officer after several more people began fighting.


Santillan ran inside the residence and came back out holding a handgun. Police said the officer was near a vehicle hit by a shot Santillan fired with the weapon. He was soon taken into custody.


The vehicle fled but was stopped in the area of Johnson Road and 400 North. One of the vehicle occupants, Brian Strong, 22, of LaPorte, was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for Operating While Intoxicated.

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