VALPARAISO | The Jackson Township man who shot at police during a nine-hour standoff Wednesday has been charged with attempted murder.
Eric Martin, 45, has been charged with six counts of attempted murder, seven counts of criminal recklessness and one count of aggravated battery.
Martin is being held at the Porter County Jail, however, because of his behavioral issues, he has not been formally booked in, said Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower.
Charging documents state Martin fired an M-1 Garand .30-06 rifle at officers during the standoff at his home in the 300 east block of County Road 1050 North, which resulted in the attempted murder and criminal recklessness charge.
He also is charged with cutting his father, Louis Martin, during a fight before the standoff. Court documents state Louis Martin reported his son had punched him, gouged his eyes and cut his neck with a knife.
Doctors treating Louis Martin contacted police, who went to the home.
When officers arrived at the home, Eric Martin slammed the door on officers and threatened that he had a weapon, according to charging documents.
Police used CS gas to attempt to force Eric Martin from the home. When that wasn't successful, the tactical officers used a robot to pinpoint his location in the home. Officers then pulled a window and a portion of the front wall from the home to gain entry in the room because Eric Martin had barricaded the door.
Police said he was hiding in the closet. He was taken to Porter County Jail on Wednesday night. As of Friday afternoon, he was still resisting efforts to book him into the jail, LaFlower said.