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Police pursuit ends with officer-involved shooting in Goshen

Joshua Allen Perry of Goshen // Photo provided

UPDATE: A Goshen police officer is on paid administrative leave after a police chase ended with a man shot.

Joshua Perry, 34, is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

Elkhart County Homicide is investigating the shooting.

There are no charges in this case, yet.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker told WSBT 22 the investigation is ongoing.

According to Goshen police, an officer tried to make a traffic stop in the area of Lincolnway East.

Perry refused to stop and led police on an almost 40-minute chase that ended at 3rd and Washington in Goshen.

At some point after the pursuit ended, the officer fired his weapon, injuring Perry. Perry was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This isn’t the first time that Perry has faced charges of running from police. According to court documents, police were called in 2016 because Perry had a knife at someone’s home.

When police arrived, Perry took off running through a woods and did not stop until he was tazed by an officer.

According to police, there are two active warrants for Perry’s arrest.

Right now, they have not released the name of the Goshen officer involved.

Perry is facing preliminary charges of resisting arrest with a vehicle, but there has not been anything formally filed in this case.

The prosecutor told us more information will be released after further investigation.

The following release was issued by the Goshen Police Department:

Tonight at approximately 9:17pm, in the area of Lincolnway East (U33) and Kercher Road, a Goshen officer attempted a traffic stop in which the subject driving the vehicle refused to stop and fled in his vehicle. The initial officer along with assisting officers proceeded to follow the suspect from that location on a lengthy pursuit ending at 3rd and Washington at approximately 9:57pm. Speeds during the entirety of the pursuit averaged 30-40mph. Officers used StopSitcks at several locations which flattened the suspect vehicle tires preventing high speeds and bringing the pursuit to an end.

At the termination of the pursuit an incident occurred resulting in an officer firing his duty weapon. The suspect, Joshua Allen Perry, 34yoa, of Goshen was treated by Goshen Medics and transported to the Goshen Hospital for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Perry has two outstanding county warrants as well as preliminary charges of resisting arrest with vehicle.

As is department procedure, the officer will be placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation of the officer involved shooting is completed. The Officer’s name will be released at a later time.

The review and investigation of the circumstances surrounding of the shooting will be completed by the Elkhart County Homicide Unit. Any additional information in reference to this incident may be requested from the Elkhart County Homicide Unit.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are responding to a shooting that happened just after a police pursuit started in south Elkhart County and ended at W. Washington and 3rd St. in Goshen.

Elkhart County Homicide Unit has been called, as precedent for police-action shootings where there is an injury.

Our reporter on scene tells us a witness says he heard 3-4 gunshots and looked outside to see officers with guns drawn, pulling the suspect out of a car.

Investigators do not believe the suspect's injuries are life-threatening.

You can see in the photo above that a car appears to be shot out in the windshield and side window.

Watch footage from the scene below:

Dispatch confirms the pursuit began around 9:16 and ended just before 10 p.m.


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