CHESTERTON | A Chesterton woman is alive today only because a bullet her husband fired at her moving car missed her by inches, Chesterton police said.
Police and coroner's officials said the Friday night shooting involved a man who chased his wife's vehicle and fired one or more shots. One shot broke the driver's side window of the woman's car, traveled through the car's interior and became lodged in a post on the passenger's side, Chesterton Police Chief George Nelson said.
The woman, who was alone in her car, was not injured.
Her husband, identified as 45-year-old Chesterton resident Michael Sekula, apparently stopped and shot himself in the head, authorities said. He died Saturday night at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.
The incident began about 7:15 p.m. Friday, when Sekula and his wife apparently had some type of domestic disturbance, Nelson said. Sekula then chased after his wife and fired an unknown number of rounds at her while both of their vehicles were on southbound Ind. 49 at Indian Boundary Road, police said.
The woman was able to turn off onto Indian Boundary Road and call police, Nelson said. Sekula continued southbound, but turned around and ended up back on southbound Ind. 49, between Interstate 94 and Indian Boundary Road.
Officers from several departments were looking for him when he was found at that location, injured and lying on the grass, police said.
Police said he was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head, and a firearm was located near him. He was taken to the hospital, but died the next day. An autopsy was being conducted Monday in South Bend, but Coroner Vicki Deppe said the death appears to be a suicide. Toxicology tests will be conducted to determine if Sekula was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Nelson said the investigation continues into what prompted the attempted shooting of the woman, and exactly what transpired in a few minutes between the attempted shooting and when Sekula apparently shot himself.
Nelson said it is unknown if Sekula drove by his home to try to locate his wife, saw police and took off, or if he stayed along the Ind. 49 corridor. Nelson said the investigation continues, but it appears to be a domestic situation and that Sekula and his wife were the only ones involved.