Officer Fatally Shoots Man Who Approached with Broken Bottles
LAKE STATION, Ind. (AP) - A man who approached a police officer with
broken liquor bottle in each hand was shot to death Wednesday by the officer
after ignoring orders to stop, police said.
Police Chief Rich Arnold said the fatal shooting of Brandon J. Haywood,
20, was unfortunate, but justified. County officials are investigating,
is customary in police shootings.
Arnold said Officer Brad Shraeder, 34, shot Haywood, a Gary native, once
in the chest and once in the leg after he kept walking toward the retreating
officer despite repeated instructions to stop.
Haywood was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly before the shooting, officers reported Haywood said, "Your
weapons will not be effective against my God."
A spokesman from the Lake County coroner's office said the shooting has
been classified as a homicide.
Arnold said Shraeder, who has been a Lake Station officer for about 18
months since transferring from Hebron, spent time with the department
chaplain after the shooting.
He was later interviewed by Lake County police investigators.
"It's not only tragic for the victim, but also for the officers who will
have to live with this for the rest of their lives," Arnold said.