A Cedar Lake police officer is on administrative leave after he shot and wounded a 74-year-old man Friday while responding to a 911 call.
The man — whose identity was unknown Friday night — reportedly called 911 at about 1:40 p.m. requesting medical attention and hung up, authorities said.
When one of the first Cedar Lake officers arrived on scene in the 7100 block of West 132nd Ave., the man emerged from his house armed with a gun, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said.
The man has had past contacts with police at his residence, Martinez said.
The 911 call was first received by Lake County's E-911 center. After the man hung up, the call was forwarded to SouthCom Dispatch, and emergency personnel and police were sent to the home.
The first Cedar Lake officer to arrive ordered the man to drop the weapon several times, Martinez said, but the man disregarded commands. He then "raised the handgun towards the officer," Martinez said.
“So the officer, to protect his life and the safety of others, (and) because there were other homes in the neighborhood, was forced to discharge his weapon to stop the threat," Martinez said.
At the request of Cedar Lake Police Chief David Coulson, Lake County Sheriff's Investigative Unit and the department’s Crime Scene Unit is investigating the police-involved shooting, Martinez said.
The house sits on a dead-end street — West 132nd Avenue — just off Morse Street and east of the lake. Two similarly named streets, West 132nd Place and West 132nd Lane, are positioned to the south.
Becca Florin lives two streets south of where the shooting occurred and said she heard sirens and then saw two Cedar Lake cops walking through her yard, trying to find the home of the originating 911 call.
She believes they mistook her address for his, she said. They did not have their guns raised as they walked through her yard, she added.
“About 15 seconds later, I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” she said. “It took a second for me to realize that was gunshots. And then I heard more sirens.”
She said she was about to take her 4-year-old daughter out for ice cream at a nearby business, Sundaes by the Lake, when she heard the gunfire.
Florin said she has rented in the area for the last four years. The neighborhood has a drug problem, she said, but to have “something like this happen” in Cedar Lake is rare.
Martinez said he was not familiar with the nature of the man's past run-ins with Cedar Lake police. He did describe the man as “a known subject" to Cedar Lake police, adding the department has been called previously to his residence for incidents and/or complaints.
Martinez declined to comment further on the man's initial 911 call requesting medical attention.
The 74-year-old man was transported to Franciscan Health in Crown Point for the gunshot wound. His condition was not immediately Friday night.
The officer involved was placed on administrative leave, per department policy, according to Coulson.
This story is developing. Check back later for updates.
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