Man accused of shooting DeKalb County deputy released from Fort Wayne hospital, jailed

Joshua Mumma (Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police)

A man accused of shooting and injuring a DeKalb County Sheriff deputy before the suspect was shot by another police officer has been released from a Fort Wayne hospital and is now in police custody, according to the Indiana State Police.

Joshua D. Mumma faces charges in connection with the April 10 shooting of DeKalb County Sheriff Deputy Todd McCormick after a traffic stop in Garrett.

Mumma was booked into the DeKalb County Jail on the following charges:

· 2 counts of attempted murder with firearm enhancement, both Level 1 felonies

· Dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony

· Disarming a law enforcement officer, a Level 3 felony

· Habitual offender ehancement

Level 1 felonies carry the most severe penalties, with possible imprisonment of 20-40 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Mumma will be transferred to and incarcerated in Fort Wayne’s Allen County Jail after being booked in at the DeKalb County Jail in Auburn. He is being held without bail.

The investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Jake Quick alleges that McCormick had stopped Mumma for equipment violations on his vehicle and McCormick ran his K-9 partner around the outside of Mumma’s vehicle. A dog alerted the officer, who asked Mumma to get out of the vehicle, which he refused to do, according to the ISP.

When McCormick opened the door to get Mumma out of the vehicle, a physical altercation occurred in the car. It is alleged that Mumma pulled a .38-caliber handgun and pointed it at McCormick, who then drew his duty sidearm. Multiple shots were fired from Mumma’s handgun before the fight continued outside the car and onto the ground. Police also claim that Mumma pointed his gun at Garrett Police Officer Alicia Castro and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t fire.

The fight for both Mumma’s and McCormick’s handguns continued until Castro shot Mumma with her duty sidearm and McCormick shot him with the .38-caliber. McCormick sustained severe gunshot wounds to both of his hands, and Mumma was hospitalized for his wounds. Castro was not injured. Further investigation uncovered more than 30 grams of methamphetamine inside Mumma’s vehicle, according to the ISP.

The actions of both McCormick and Castro were deemed reasonable by DeKalb County Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner,and no charges were brought against them. Both have since returned to work, with McCormick in more of a limited capacity as he continues to recover from his wounds, according to the ISP.

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