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Police Investigate Shooting

A crime scene investigator from the Illinois State Police photographs evidence Thursday evening in the 16000 block of Torrence Avenue in Lansing. A police officer was shot and a suspect was killed.

LANSING — An East Chicago man suspected in a retail theft at a Lansing Ultra Foods ran from police, shot an officer during a struggle and was fatally shot by another officer Thursday, police said.

Warren Christian, 43, was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond and pronounced dead, officials said. The officer’s wound was not life-threatening.

Lansing police responded to the grocery store at The Landings shopping center in the 16800 block of Torrence Avenue about 3:30 p.m. for a report of a retail theft in progress, village spokesman Fabian Newman said.

The officer arrived, saw a man fleeing and gave chase. When the officer caught up with the suspect, they struggled and the officer was shot in the lower leg, Newman said.

Police Chief Dennis Murrin Jr. declined to comment on whether the officer was shot with his own weapon.

When the suspect continued running — with the gun — another officer shot the suspect, officials said.

Christian died from a gunshot wound, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

The shooting is being investigated by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, which is standard protocol, officials said.

Police cordoned off a large area to the north of Ultra Foods, near a vacant Wal-Mart.

Witnesses standing outside a nearby Carson’s outlet store said they heard shots while making purchases in the Carson’s and employees quickly locked the doors.

When Robert and Deb Delcorio walked out of the store, they saw police officers carrying assault rifles, an ambulance and a firetruck.

The Delcorios were among a number of shoppers who were not being allowed to retrieve their vehicles from inside the crime scene.

Several officers told the group about 5 p.m. that Illinois State Police were en route to help gather evidence and they might have to wait at least another three hours.

The Delcorios said they were celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary Thursday.

“It’ll be one we never forget,” Robert Delcorio said.

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.