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State Police: Indiana man who shot self following chase charged

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This the scene on the southbound exit ramp at 109th Avenue and Interstate 65 in Crown Point on Friday where a man shot himself after leading police on a chase through Starke, Porter and Lake counties. (Indiana State Police) This the scene on the southbound exit ramp at 109th Avenue and Interstate 65 in Crown Point on Friday where a man shot himself after leading police on a chase through Starke, Porter and Lake counties. (Indiana State Police)
CROWN POINT, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man who shot himself but survived following a three-county police chase Friday in northwest Indiana has been charged.

Gary Chavez, 57, of Knox, Ind., was charged in Porter County with one felony count of carjacking, State Police said in a release issued Monday.

He is a suspect in a homicide earlier Friday at a home in Knox in Starke County, the release said.

After the homicide, the suspect left the residence in a personal vehicle and carjacked two other vehicles in two different locations in Starke County, state police spokeswoman Sgt. Ann Wojas previously told the Post-Tribune.

The first stolen vehicle, a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, broke down by a residence in the 200 block of West Indiana 8 in Porter County, according to state police.

When two men leaving the home saw the disabled Jeep, they stopped to see if the driver needed assistance, and the man implied he had a gun and stole a 1988 GMC Sierra about 4 p.m., Wojas said.

She said the two victims called 911 to report the stolen pickup truck, and Hebron police soon saw it at Indiana 8 and County Road 600S and began to pursue it along with Porter County sheriff’s police. The chase continued through Porter County until the Sierra began heading westbound on 109th Avenue, and state police shut down the I-65/109th Avenue interchange, Wojas said.

Crown Point police deployed stop sticks at Maine Street and 109th Avenue, and the Sierra ran over them, puncturing two tires, but the truck did not stop and traveled north on the southbound exit to I-65. The driver tried to make a U-turn to head south on I-65 when he lost control of the truck and got stuck in gravel between the interstate and the ramp, according to state police.

As police closed in on the driver, he shot himself once, Wojas said, and was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point and later to the regional trauma center in Oak Lawn.

Chavez may face additional charges in Starke County, state police said.

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