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Police and fire


Police seek driver who tried to run over trooper

Indiana State Police and other agencies in Noble County, near the Whitley County line, are looking for a man who they say attempted to run over a trooper with his car.

During the manhunt, police are asking residents in the area of Big Lake along Indiana 109 near the Noble County-Whitley County line to be cautious and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Noble County sheriff's deputies responded to a battery call earlier this afternoon in which a male suspect had fled, said Sgt. Ron Galaviz of the Indiana State Police.

A vehicle description, as well as a description of the man, were sent out to police agencies in the area,and a trooper spotted the suspect's vehicle.

Before attempting to stop the vehicle, the trooper waited for backup from other officers, Galaviz said.

Meanwhile, the suspect drove down a dead-end street in the area called Circle Drive. At some time the trooper, whose name is not being released, got out of his vehicle and the suspect attempted to run him over, Galaviz said. The trooper pulled his gun and fired at the suspect, but it is not believed the suspect was hit.

The suspect then fled on foot and police believe he remains in the area.

Police have an aircraft in the area, along with police dogs, searching for the man, and a perimeter has been established in the area around Big Lake.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot, 7-inches, 165 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a green T-shirt, white hat, blue jeans and black-and-white shoes.