Hobart man charged in officer-related shooting

2014-05-15T18:45:00Z 2014-05-16T12:53:36Z Hobart man charged in officer-related shootingElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 662-5331 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A late-night meal ended in a shoot-out with officers after a 53-year-old man shot another man in the head, authorities said.

William A. Seydel, of Hobart, was charged Thursday with attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, three counts of attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon and two counts of resisting law enforcement. 

Dquan Robinson, an employee at McDonald's near 61st Avenue and Broadway, returned to the restaurant about 11 p.m. May 1 after realizing he had left his wallet there. Another employee told police Seydel, who was slurring his words, was a customer in one of the drive-thru windows when Robinson approached the other window on foot. 

The worker told Seydel that Robinson was an employee, and Seydel said, "I thought I was going to have to pull my gun and shoot," according to the affidavit. 

As Robinson drove away from the restaurant, he noticed Seydel was following him. Robinson pulled into the parking lot of the Comfort Inn so Seydel could pass him. 

Instead, Seydel slowly drove by Robinson's car and shot him in the head, according to the affidavit.

Robinson was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He gave officers a description of Seydel's car and said he didn't know him. 

Officers spotted Seydel's car near a bridge on Mississippi Street. According to the affidavit, Seydel disregarded officers' commands to drop his gun and fired shots at the officers.

Hobart officers returned fire, wounding Seydel in his back area, according to the affidavit.

Officers reported hearing Seydel say before the shooting that he was going to defend himself and yelled profanities at police. After he was in custody, Seydel referred to Robinson using a racial slur and said he hoped he died, according to the affidavit. 

Seydel was treated at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville. He remained in the Lake County Jail on a $150,000 bond. 

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