CROWN POINT — A Hammond man was charged Tuesday in connection with allegations he shot a man in the face last weekend, ending a series of arguments between the man and Guerrero's adult daughter.
Rogelio R. Guerrero, 46, of Hammond, is accused of pulling both a handgun and shotgun during a confrontation about 12:15 p.m. Sunday in the 4800 block of Elm Avenue and shooting the man.
Guerrero told police in an interview that he pulled both guns because he felt the man and his friends, one of whom was holding a tire iron, were moving to surround him, Lake Criminal Court records state. Guerrero claimed he thought he fired a shot into the ground to scare them away.
A witness gave police a different account of the shooting, telling police the man holding the tire iron never raised it toward Guerrero.
The witness said the man's friends attempted to get him out of the way as he argued with Guerrero, who was holding two guns, court records state.
Guerrero briefly lowered a gun, but raised it and fired as the man continued to yell at Guerrero, the witness said.
Hammond police had already responded to the home earlier in the day, because of an argument between the man and Guerrero's daughter, documents state.
Guerrero, his daughter, the man and another woman — identified as the mother of the man's child — were broken up by police after "some yelling and shoving occurred," court records state.
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Before leaving, Guerrero made a hand gesture toward his throat that was directed at his daughter's boyfriend and said, "You're done," according to documents.
When police returned to the home because of the shooting, the man identified Guerrero as the alleged shooter and said he fled in a pickup truck. Another officer attempted to stop Guerrero's truck on Ash Avenue, but Guerrero sped up and wen thte wrong way on Oak Street, records allege.
Guerrero drove through several yards before exiting the truck and entering a home in the 4700 block of Ash Avenue, records state. A woman disregarded officers' orders and entered the home. A short time later, Guerrero exited the home and was arrested.
Police found a handgun and shotgun in Guerrero's truck, along with a spent shell casing on the driver's seat, records say.
Guerrero later fought an officer at the Hammond City Jail who was attempting to collect Guerrero's clothing, documents allege.
Guerrero was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery, two counts of battery, two counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.