GARY — The Gary man who fled Thursday during a federal drug investigation and shootout with police committed suicide, an autopsy report confirmed Saturday.
Ned Brooks III, 33, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Lake County Coroner's Office.
Brooks had been the target of a federal drug investigation in the city's Tarrytown neighborhood.
A multiagency task force with the Drug Enforcement Administration had intelligence Brooks was selling crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana in the Gary area, authorities have said.
After Thursday's shootout, officers located a dead Brooks in the backyard of a house in the 4200 block of West 22nd Place.
While officers' weapons struck Brooks as he fled the scene, a preliminary investigation indicates Brooks suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, state police said.
A state police news release issued Saturday said Brooks had a superficial bullet wound to his right thigh and abdomen, a "through and through" bullet wound to his left thigh and a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his right temple.
No law enforcement wounds were deemed life-threatening, state police said.
According to Indiana State Police, Brooks injured two officers and a civilian during the shootout and chase that began at a home near 22nd Plaza and Willard Street, and ended in the backyard near 22nd Place and Morton Street.
Brooks injured a DEA agent, who went to an Illinois hospital for treatment. A Chicago Police Department spokesperson confirmed an officer from their department suffered minor foot injuries. The Chicago officer did not fire his weapon, the spokesperson said.
The injured civilian was in critical condition as of Friday morning, authorities said.
The civilian is believed to live at the residence where the controlled drug buy occurred, but "his involvement, if any, is yet to be determined," DEA Special Agent James Jones said.
A number of weapons were found near Brooks' body and in his vehicle, and an unknown amount of narcotics was found at the scene. Jones declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.
A state police news release on Thursday said Brooks rammed his vehicle into one officer on foot and an unmarked police vehicle, in which a second officer had been seated.
A DEA agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Jones said. He said the DEA will not release the officer's name at this time, citing a potential safety risk.
Shortly before 1:50 p.m., officers conducted a controlled narcotics buy near 22nd Plaza and Willard Street in Gary, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.
After stopping Brooks’ vehicle during the buy, he allegedly rammed it into several unmarked police cars in an attempt to elude officers, state police said.
Brooks began shooting at officers as he fled, prompting officers to return fire, state police said. He abandoned his vehicle on 22nd Place and fled on foot, continuing to shoot at officers.
He was out on parole at the time of his death.
The Indiana State Police investigation into the shootout is ongoing.