KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. - Three men involved in a fatal gunfight in northern Indiana were apparently bounty hunters, police said.
Kosciusko County sheriff's Sgt. Chad Hill said Tuesday that the three men were trying to capture Gary W. Helman, 56, at his home near Lake Wawasee. That's when a gun battle erupted, fatally injuring Helman.
Police responding to a report of gunshots found Helman dead in a rear bedroom of the home. Officers found Helman's twin brother, Larry D. Helman, and one of the bounty hunters, Tad Martin of Osceola, seriously wounded at the rear of the home. Both wounded men were taken to Fort Wayne hospitals. A coroner pronounced Gary Helman dead at the scene.
Hill identified the other two bounty hunters as Daniel Foster, 43, of LaPorte; and Michael C. Thomas, 36, of Osceola. Hill said the men were carrying credentials identifying them as bounty hunters.
Helman was originally wanted on felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury.
Monday's shooting was also the location of a nine-hour police standoff in April 2009.
Police said at the time that Gary Helman barricaded himself with his mother in his home about 35 miles southeast of South Bend when officers arrived to serve three misdemeanor warrants. Negotiators attempted to talk with Helman, but he was shot in the hip and leg when he pulled a handgun from his waistband as he attempted to flee.
Strangers donate headstone for young victim
The unmarked gravesite of one of the city's youngest homicide victims will get a headstone thanks to the kindness of strangers.
Baby remains found in ceiling at funeral home
The remains of two mummified or skeletonized babies have been found tucked inside small boxes above ceiling tiles in a northwestern Indiana…
BSU staff report ID thefts, suspect Anthem hack
Ball State University employees who say their identities have been stolen want to know whether a recent data breach at health insurer Anthem…
Hotel project under review by state inspectors
Minority officers make up 17 percent of IMPD
For decades, if not for much of its existence, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has failed to match the minority makeup of the…
Lawsuit filed against BMV set to go to mediation
A lawsuit filed against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is set to go to mediation, the Call 6 Investigators learned Thursday.