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The city of Gary and sources with knowledge of the Sunday officer-involved shooting have confirmed the identity of the man who was wounded. 

Melvin Bouler, 82, of Gary, was shot by Gary police Sunday after failing to follow officers' orders, sources said. 

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. declined to confirm Bouler's identity to The Times. 

Police were dispatched around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to the 2400 block of Roosevelt Street in the Small Farms apartment complex in Gary's Tolleston neighborhood on reports of an intoxicated person with a weapon, Martinez said. 

Upon arrival, authorities found the senior sitting inside of a vehicle in front of the apartment complex, he said. 

“Any time there is a shooting in our city, we are concerned. This is equally true when there is police action involved," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "We are aware that Mr. (Melvin) Bouler's age heightens the concern of all concerned, including his family and our citizens. We have spoken with Mr. (Melvin) Bouler's family and want to assure the community that we are committed to a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding his shooting."

Freeman-Wilson added she cautions the public against coming to conclusions without all of the information.

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Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said in a news release on Sunday the man had a gun and refused to follow officers' orders and shots were fired. 

Westerfield declined to say if the suspect fired his weapon. No officers were shot. 

The man was transported to Methodist Northlake Hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown. 

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A weapon was recovered from the scene. At the request of Gary police, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit and investigators are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, Martinez said.

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