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Waterloo officer shot; 1 suspect dead, another wounded

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Police in Waterloo on Thursday morning shot two people allegedly involved in the earlier shooting of an officer, leaving one of the suspects dead and the other in critical condition.

Police responded around 6 a.m. to a home in the 200 block of South Center Street after the homeowner called to report people were hiding under his deck, according to an Indiana State Police news release. The suspects refused to come out from under the deck, and when an officer deployed his taser, the male suspect pointed a gun at the police, the release said.

Officers then opened fire at the man and woman. The man died from his wounds, and the woman was in critical condition Thursday morning at an undisclosed hospital. Police did not say how many shots were fired, nor did they identify either suspect.

State police, along with several other law-enforcement agencies, began searching for the pair around 3 a.m. Thursday after one of them allegedly shot a Waterloo police officer who responded to their request for help, state police spokesman Sgt. Ron Galaviz said.

According to Detective Mark Heffelfinger, sometime before 3 a.m., a man and woman went to a residence on County Road 35, just north of town, to ask for help for a vehicle they said was stuck in a ditch.

Two Waterloo officers were sent to find the man, woman and vehicle to offer assistance. Just after 3 a.m., one of the officers is believed to have encountered the two in the area of Railroad and Center streets in Waterloo. It was at this time, the officer, a 13-year veteran, was shot and is in serious condition at a Fort Wayne hospital.

The officer's name was not released Thursday morning. It was also unclear whether the officers who shot the suspects were members of the Waterloo Marshal's Department or another agency. State police and the DeKalb County Prosecutor's office are investigating the matter.