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Porter County Standoff Update: Capture

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August 14, 2013 — Porter County Sheriff David Lain say his department has Eric Martin in custody tonight, after he kept law enforcement officers in a standoff in Jackson Township for about six hours.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Larry LaFlower says they took Martin into custody around 9 p.m. at 363 East County Road 1050 North near Chesterton.

Police used a robot to search of the home, along with flash devices at the scene around 8 p.m. Porter County’s explosive control unit arrived earlier in the evening, along with people who appear to be family members of a man in a standoff with police.

Sheriff Dave Lain says officers were checking reports of a disturbance at the residence, possibly involving Martin, when gunshots were fired during the afternoon, starting a standoff when he resisted police. Police were there to talk with him about his father who, after a trip to the hospital, returned to the house to communicate with his son toward a peaceful resolution to the standoff.

The standoff caused 1050 North to be blocked by law enforcement officers during the standoff.


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2 responses to “Porter County Standoff Update: Capture”

  1. cygnusx3 says:

    No mention that cops had electricity shut off to the ENTIRE area for 5 1/2 hours while this was going on!

  2. Catherine Martin says:

    also no mention about porter starke not showing up after Louis martin called the crisis line 4 times that morning before it all happened. no mention of an incident 2 weeks earlier when the police had to call his parents to get him at 2 am at US steel because he was confused and thought he still worked there after 17 years. he was sick and had no idea what was going on. he had developed severe schizophrenia after being drugged at the mill years ago. he needed help, and hopefully he ends up in the mental hospital, rather than staying in jail. source….I am his niece and I was there at 2pm on the next street not knowing if my dog or my grandfather or he were alive or not. you cannot imagine how traumatized the family is. they lost their home and son and my grandfather had his life threatened all in one day. do not complain about electric, they don’t even have a home… just go look at the house as you nosy neibors do when you drive by. you cannot imagine the pain we feel.

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