Elkhart County police: High-speed chase, shooting puts 2 in the hospital

Shooting investigation at County Road 7 and County Road 4 in Elkhart County // WSBT 22 photo

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department was called a location near County Road 7 and County Road 4 Saturday after an incident that left one person with a gunshot wound to the leg and another person with life-threatening injuries from a crash.

According to Captain James Bradberry, around 4:30 p.m. 23-year-old Matthew Smiechowski, of Elkhart, called police and told them he was being chased by a Ford Mustang and the Ford's driver had fired multiple shots at him, hitting him in the leg.

Smiechowski told police the Mustang's driver first fired shots at him while he was being chased westbound on C.R. 4 east of C.R. 7. Smiechowski then fled northbound on CR 7 to the 51000 block of CR 7 where he told police the Mustang's driver fired more shots at him and hit him in the leg.

After Smiechowski was shot, police say he fled southbound to the 52000 block of C.R. 7 where he called police. The driver of the Mustang headed northbound on C.R. 7 toward Michigan.

Smiechowski was taken to the hospital.

Police say the shooter in the Ford was located by an officer with the Bristol Police Department and he fled northbound into Michigan where he was involved in a crash with another car at the intersection of South River Road and U.S. 12.

The Mustang's driver was flown to Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries, say police. The driver who police say the Mustang crashed into had injuries that were not life-threatening.

No further information has been released. As of now the investigation is still ongoing.

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