Police continue investigation of fatal cop-related shooting

2014-02-17T14:00:00Z 2014-02-18T20:36:43Z Police continue investigation of fatal cop-related shootingMatt Mikus matt.mikus@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com
February 17, 2014 2:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Indiana State Police continue to investigate the death of a man fatally shot by a Hammond police officer Sunday night.

John Brown, 44, allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times with a knife. She was able to escape to a neighbor's to call for help.

Brown was shot and killed by a responding officer.

According to Senior Trooper Detective Chris Campione, Hammond authorities and EMS responded to 6642 Ohio St. for a domestic violence call about 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

Brown confronted Hammond officers with two large knives when one Hammond police officer shot Brown, authorities said.

Brown was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago where he was pronounced dead. His wife was taken to Community Hospital in Munster.

ISP Sgt. Ann Wojas said it is standard practice for the Indiana State Police to investigate when a police officer is involved in a shooting.

Once complete, the inquiry will be turned over to the Lake County prosecutor.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the officer involved in the shooting, whose name was not released, will be on paid administrative leave.  

"That's standard policy," Miller said. "We do that for anyone who goes through this."

The officer, who has served on the police force for seven years, won't return to work until after the prosecutor's office has reviewed the case.

Miller said that could take a few weeks.

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