UPDATE: State police release name of MC officer involved in July 23 shooting


UPDATE JULY 26 FROM INDIANA STATE POLICE: At the request of the Michigan City Police Department, the Indiana State Police is releasing the name of the officer involved in the shooting that occurred on July 23, 2017, in Michigan City. The officer involved in the shooting is Patrolman Nick Baker. Patrolman Baker was hired in November 2015 and is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division Shift III (midnight shift). Patrolman Baker has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.” 


Original press release from Indiana State Police, Lowell District: 

Early this morning (Sunday, July 23, 2017), Indiana State Police detectives were called to investigate a police-action shooting that involved a Michigan City Police officer.

Preliminary investigation shows that at approximately 3:30 a.m., an officer with the Michigan City Police Department fired at a maroon Suburban that was occupied by a single male, later identified as Merwin A. Coleman, 29, of LaPorte. The Suburban was speeding towards the officer and another officer just north of him who was impounding a vehicle from an earlier Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) vehicle and foot pursuit.  The Suburban was at a high rate of speed, all over the road in the 400 block of Pleasant Avenue.

Coleman was treated and released from Franciscan Health in Michigan City for a graze wound to his arm. It is not known at this time if the wound was received from the officer shooting or from a shots-fired call that happened minutes earlier, up the street, in the 200 block of Pleasant Avenue.

Prior to the police-action shooting, Michigan City Police were investigating two separate shots-fired calls in the Eastport neighborhood, one being in the 200 block of Pleasant Avenue and another on Ridgeland Avenue. Shortly before the police-involved shooting, other officers were reporting they had overheard gunshots south of their location on Pleasant Avenue while impounding a car from an unrelated OWI, vehicle and foot pursuit, which ended in an arrest.

Additionally, a residence in the area of Pleasant Avenue and Rose Street was struck by the Michigan City officer’s gunfire. No one in that residence was injured.

The officer was also not injured and has been placed on Administrative Leave per Michigan City Police Department’s policy.

At least one unoccupied car sustained bullet damage from the earlier reported shooting incidents. No other citizens were injured.

The name of the officer involved in the shooting will be released later this week. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

5 Responses to “UPDATE: State police release name of MC officer involved in July 23 shooting”

  1. Oldeskule

    Jul 24. 2017

    subject speeding towards an officer? Shots fired> Subject treated and released? Let’s see, what is missing here? Oh yeah were there any charges filed against the driver?

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  2. drew

    Jul 25. 2017

    no problem releasing the name of the innocent until proven guilty but the name of the officer remains unknown.

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  3. lawman

    Jul 26. 2017

    and Drew-your point?? kind of standard proceedure

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  4. drew

    Jul 26. 2017

    my coment was published on a followup article.is that standard procedure?

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    • Staff

      Jul 26. 2017

      Your comment was approved and posted shortly after you sent it on July 25. The story was updated on July 26.

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