GARY — The 15-year-old shot Tuesday night by an officer as he fled police has died, according to authorities.
Kemonte Cobbs, 15, of Gary, was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Mark Back, spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office, confirmed Cobbs was one of five suspected in the armed robbery Tuesday at The Cellular Connection, an authorized Verizon retailer at Ridge Road and Calumet Avenue in Munster.
Police caught up with the suspects' vehicle in the area of 19th Place and Hanley Street in Gary, but all but one of the suspects fled. A preliminary investigation shows Cobbs allegedly pointed a firearm at police during the incident, Back said.
One weapon was found with the Cobbs, police said. At least one other handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle, he added. Munster police are processing the vehicle for evidence, according to police.
As other suspects ran, the driver, Vondell Henry Jr., 20, of Gary, followed an officer’s orders to lie on the ground, records show. Henry is among two adults charged in the case so far. A third person, a juvenile, was also charged.
Henry and Deshalone Damien Davis, 20, of Gary, have each been charged with robbery under the federal Hobbs Act and with brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, court records show.
A 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld because of his juvenile status, has also been charged in the case, FBI Special Agent Bob Ramsey said.
The FBI has taken over the case, which had previously been under the Munster Police Department’s jurisdiction, he said. Investigators are looking into whether these men are connected to a string of other, violent cellphone store robberies in the Region, he added.
A fifth suspect remained at large as of Friday.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting at the request of the Gary Police Department, sheriff's department spokesman Mark Back said. Police are still investigating whether any shots were fired at police, he said.
Results from the police-involved shooting will be forwarded to the Lake County Prosecutor's Office upon completion, per protocol, Back said. The prosecutor's office will determine what further action may be taken, he said.