Police: Shots fired by LaPorte County woman over cab fare

2014-06-23T16:37:00Z 2014-06-23T19:24:03Z Police: Shots fired by LaPorte County woman over cab fareStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 23, 2014 4:37 pm  • 

A LaPorte County woman Monday was ordered into psychiatric care after firing a gunshot over her cab fare.

Investigators do not believe she was firing at the cab driver but are still pursuing a charge of criminal recklessness against the woman described as being in her 60s, said LaPorte County police Major John Boyd.

Boyd said officers were dispatched to the 9200 North block of County Road 300 East near Heston about 9 a.m. on a shots fired complaint.

Full details were not disclosed, but the woman, whose name was not revealed, took a taxi home from IU Health LaPorte hospital.

The woman did not have any money to pay her cab fare but offered to pay the driver with a check, which he could not accept, Boyd said.

What exactly happened next was not released but the woman with a history of psychiatric issues was inside her home when she fired a gun, Boyd said.

Initially, the woman refused to leave her residence but after a short time did come out, said Boyd.

Boyd said law enforcement has the authority to order an individual into psychiatric care sometimes for as much as 72 hours or longer whenever there is a public safety threat.

"We believe she was a danger to herself and other people," said Boyd.

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