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Man pleads guilty in shootout outside Gary nightclub that left 1 dead

Man pleads guilty in shootout outside Gary nightclub that left 1 dead

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Chauncey Hackett

CROWN POINT — An East Chicago man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in a shootout with police outside a Gary nightclub in 2017 that left one dead and wounded four.

Chauncey L. Hackett Jr., 28, admitted he shot at a Gary police officer Feb. 26, 2017, outside the Top Shelf nightclub at West 17th Avenue and Grant Street, records show.

The police officer returned fire, striking Hackett in the neck, according to a plea agreement. Hackett, who has a felony conviction from 2014, was found lying on top of his gun.

The shootout at the club, which also has been known as Hustle and Joe's, also resulted in the death of Dvontai Wright, 25, of Griffith.

A total of two Gary officers discharged their weapons, but neither was wounded, police said.

Hackett pleaded guilty Thursday to a level 3 felony count of attempted aggravated battery and a level 5 felony count of carrying a handgun without a license.

The sentences on each count are to run concurrently, with a cap of 10 years, according to a plea agreement.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a level 1 felony count of attempted murder in exchange for his plea. 

Hackett is represented by attorney John Cantrell. Michelle Jatkiewicz is prosecuting the case for the state.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas set Hackett's sentencing hearing for Jan. 14.

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