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WATCH NOW: Suspect flees inside abandoned school after leading pursuit, still at large, police say

WATCH NOW: Suspect flees inside abandoned school after leading pursuit, still at large, police say

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Police respond to Gary school

Police respond to the scene of an 'armed and dangerous' suspect who led officers on a chase Thursday night.

A SWAT team was called to an abandoned Gary school after an armed suspect fled into the building to evade police.

Police said he is considered armed and dangerous. As of 11 p.m. the suspect was still at large, said Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield. No description of the man was immediately available.

Around 7 p.m. Thursday Indiana State Police troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle near Broadway in Gary, according to Indiana State Police.

The vehicle did not stop and led chase through the city. The driver ended up crashing into a tree, abandoning his vehicle and running away on foot, Fifield said.

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Police say he was holding a rifle as he fled. He was then seen running into the abandoned Pulaski Middle School at 19th Avenue and Georgia Street, police said.

Multiple agencies were called, including a SWAT team, to surround the area. A Lake County helicopter, drones and police dogs were also dispatched to the scene. However, the man was not found Thursday night. 

The investigation is ongoing and the search for the suspect continues, police said late Thursday night.


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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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