Indiana State Police: Suspect was shot in the back

2012-06-27T13:55:00Z Indiana State Police: Suspect was shot in the backBy Stan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 27, 2012 1:55 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A man wounded by a Michigan City police officer last week was still being held without bond Wednesday following his initial court hearing.

Indiana State Police are saying that Daniel Sherrod Jr. was shot in the back.

Originally, police said the 19-year-old Sherrod was shot in the stomach during a struggle for the officer's weapon.

Sherrod's mother, Eunice Hicks said police several days later came forward with the correct information on where he was shot after she obtained documentation from the hospital on her son's injuries and went to the press.

“I think the police are just covering up their story because they can't really justify a shooting in the back,” Hicks said.

Sherrod was arraigned Tuesday in LaPorte Superior Court 1 on felony disarming a law enforcement officer, felony residential entry along with battery and resisting law enforcement, both misdemeanors.

According to state police, which is conducting the investigation of the shooting, Michigan City Officer Ron Skibins pulled the trigger and has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Police said preliminary findings of the investigation show a vehicle with four occupants was pulled over for a traffic violation June 20 on Welnetz Road.

Sherrod fled on foot and was chased a short distance to an unlocked, occupied residence at Salem Port apartment complex.

Police said a struggle between Sherrod and the pursuing officer occurred inside one of the apartments then moved outside the unit where Sherrod tried removing the officer's gun from the holster.

The officer was able to regain control of his weapon and fired, striking Sherrod who again ran off.

He was located a quarter-mile away at a friend's apartment.

Hicks said there was no attempt by her son to grab at the officer's weapon.

“There was a 9-year-old witness and a child has no reason to lie. That also came from the people who was inside that house,” Hicks said.

Sherrod was ordered held without bond for 15 days because he was on probation for a previous drug charge at the time of his arrest.

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