HAMMOND — Police say they had to use a Taser to subdue a shoplifting suspect who tried to run over officers twice with her vehicle Tuesday night during a police pursuit that began at Dick's Sporting Goods and ended in the 7800 block of Kennedy Avenue in Hammond.
Highland police responded a little before 6 p.m. to the parking lot at Dick's Sporting Goods, 10251 Indianapolis Blvd., for a report of a shoplifting incident, Highland police Cmdr. George Georgeff said.
When officers asked the suspects to get out of the vehicle, the driver tried to run an officer over with her vehicle.
"One of our officers fired into the car and the car left the parking lot," Georgeff said.
The suspect's vehicle — a four-door Sedan — struck a squad car near 40th and Kennedy Avenue before continuing northbound on Kennedy into Hammond, he said.
An officer was able to stop the vehicle again along northbound Kennedy when the female driver tried to strike the officer, who fired into the vehicle, Georgeff said.
"No one was struck (by gunfire.) Nobody was shot," Georgeff said.
Police later discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Chicago.
Officers had to use a Taser on the female driver, Georgeff said. She was allegedly combative with officers once her vehicle became stuck in the median in the 7800 block of Kennedy Avenue. The driver was transported to an area hospital for unknown injuries and the passenger was taken into custody, he said.
The westbound ramp from Kennedy Avenue to Interstate 80/94 is blocked as police investigate.
Two people were charged last month with reckless homicide in a two-vehicle crash that killed a 13-year-old Whiting girl and injured her grandmother in Hammond.
In that case, both the East Chicago and Hammond police departments are investigating whether their agencies violated their policies in continuing the pursuit. It started with a shoplifting case and reached high speeds in crowded rush-hour traffic.
This story is developing. Check back later for updates.