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Gunman Flees Ind. Police, Takes Hostages


June 01, 2005
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Gunman Flees Ind. Police, Takes Hostages

By CLIFF BRUNT
Associated Press Writer

SHELBYVILLE, Ind.- A gunman being chased by police fired shots at officers Wednesday, then took two people hostage in a convenience store, authorities said.

The man was one of two men in a car that police had chased on Interstate 74. He shot at the pursuing officers as he ran into a nearby Bigfoot store near the highway about 10:45 a.m., but no one was injured, state police 1st Sgt. Richard Reed said.

The other man in the car was captured.

Authorities gave no details on who the hostages in the store were. No gunfire was reported in the store itself.

More than a dozen police vehicles surrounded the store about 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Many officers crouched behind the cars in the parking lot, while several vehicles sat abandoned at the nearby gas pumps.

Victoria Felts was pumping gas when the gunman drove into the parking lot.


"He didn't put it in park because it was rolling when he got out," she said. "He started firing at the police. He went into the store, and the passenger he had gave himself up."

Felts said she fled to escape the gunman's view.

"I was closer than most people would want to be," she said.

State police Sgt. Ray Poole said authorities had been able to talk with the gunman. He declined to discuss how the chase started.

"We're told there was criminal activity that might have taken place in the past, but we don't know what," he said. "The officer recognized the individual, and the state police jumped in."

Indianapolis television stations reported that the police pursuit started about 30 miles away in Batesville.




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