DYER — Police say they are reviewing evidence, including body and dashboard camera footage, in connection with Thursday's officer-involved shooting death of a suspected car thief.
Mark Coffey, of Chicago Heights, had an active warrant for armed robbery and burglary when he led police on a bistate pursuit early Thursday, striking one pedestrian.
At the time of his death, he was found wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to police.
The chase began in south suburban Chicago and ended in a fatal shooting outside of a gas station in Dyer, police have said.
Indiana State Police Master Trooper Glen Fifield declined to comment on specifics Friday, but said the investigation remains in the very early stages and detectives are reviewing all facts in the case.
Coffey suffered gunshot wounds, but the manner of death is pending, police said.
Four law enforcement officers from three police departments in Lake County are on paid administrative leave pending a state police investigation into the shooting, according to Fifield.
The vehicle pursuit was initiated at about 4:55 a.m. by police in Crete, Illinois, after officers spotted a vehicle in the village that was previously reported stolen, Crete Police Chief James Paoletti said at a Thursday news conference.
Paoletti told the Associated Press his officers spotted the suspected stolen car and chased it to a church parking lot in nearby Dyer, where they confronted the driver.
Paoletti told the AP Coffey was making "numerous movements that appeared that he was holding a weapon and was going to shoot at police."
The suspect hit a pedestrian near the intersection of Sauk Trail and Jeffrey Avenue, police said.
The pedestrian was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. An update on the person's condition was not immediately available Saturday afternoon.
Fifield said Dyer Police Department got a call for assistance at 5:38 a.m.
The suspect vehicle was next located by Indiana law enforcement in the 9300 block of Sheffield Avenue, Fifield said, and the pursuit continued to 81st and Sheffield avenues, where the suspect's vehicle struck another vehicle outside a BP gas station.
"There was a confrontation between the suspect and the officers involving multiple gunshots being fired," Fifield said. "As a result, the suspect is deceased."