CROWN POINT — A retired Gary police captain said he wanted a trial date for the man accused of shooting him after breaking into his home in 2017.

Retired Gary police Capt. Charles Austin was shot Feb. 21, 2017, after three men allegedly forced entry into his residence in the 4100 block of Jackson Street.

Austin confronted the men with a pistol, but the gun misfired, and he was shot in the stomach. A police canine tracked a blood trail from the retired captain's residence to a home in the 200 block of West 41st Avenue, where officers arrested two men — Fo'Tre White, 21, and Cameron Briscoe, 20.

The men told police they broke into the retired captain's residence with a third suspect, Kevon Dixon, 21, who allegedly shot Austin. 

Dixon appeared in custody Wednesday for a court hearing in Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray's courtroom.

Lake County Deputy Prosecutor James Dillon told the judge Austin was in the courtroom. He said if no plea agreement was reached by Jan. 9, he would request a trial date for Dixon, who is charged with three counts of felony battery and residential entry.

Austin said after the hearing he underwent four surgeries to recover from the shooting and suffered terrible pain. He said the bullet tore through his stomach, hit his pelvic bone and exited his back.

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Austin said he retired from the Gary Police Department in 2016 after a decorated 40-year career. He was the first black officer assigned as an instructor for the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and spent 23 years as a resource officer for the Gary Community School Corp. He had been injured on the job, but never shot.

“I want justice,” he said. “I'm not here for a plea.”

Dixon's next court hearing is Jan. 9.

White and Briscoe were also charged in the shooting.

White is scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Briscoe's next hearing is Dec. 5. 

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.