Crawfordsville police officer shoots man who followed, attacked him

Officer was not injured in attack

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. - A Crawfordsville police officer says he was forced to fire on a man Saturday morning after being attacked unprovoked.

Indiana State Police said that around 10:30 a.m. Crawfordsville police Officer Jason Spires noticed a blue 2001 Chrysler Town and Country van following him. After alerting dispatch to the situation, police said Spires pulled into the parking lot of RR Donnelly Publishing Company, at the corner of Wabash Avenue and Barr Street, to see if the driver needed assistance.

As Spires exited his vehicle, the driver of the van attacked him unprovoked, according to police.

Spires was able to shoot the suspect, identified as Mauricio Antonio Serrano, 26, of Crawfordsville, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Serrano was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville, and then transported to St.Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Police have offered no motive for the attack.

Spires, a 13-year-veteran of the department, was not injured in the incident.

Police said they plan to interview the suspect on Monday.

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