5 Michigan City officers commended for exceptional service


The Michigan City Police Department would like to recognize Lt. Tim Richardson, Cpl. Michael Oberle, Ofc. Brian Wright, Ofc. DeShone Harris and Ofc. Jacob Schleyer with an Exceptional Service Award for their actions during a recent call they responded to. 

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department received a report of gunshots being fired in the 7000 north block of CR-500W at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2020. The suspect, who was later identified as 42-year-old Knox, Ind., resident Siad Berry II, immediately began firing at the responding officers. A squad car was struck by gunfire numerous times.  

Richardson and Oberle were off duty but responded anyway after hearing of the situation. They assisted Wright, Harris, Schleyer and other officers. “These five Michigan City police officers searched for Berry in the dark while putting their own lives in danger, knowing a threat of being struck by gunfire,” according to an MCPD press release. 

Sheriff’s department deputies shot and wounded Berry. Richardson, Oberle, Wright, Harris and Schleyer assisted with Berry’s apprehension as he was trying to get into a nearby residence with a family inside. First aid was provided to Berry before La Porte County EMS transported him to Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City for treatment of  non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.  

Indiana State Police investigated the shooting and arrested Berry on Nov. 26, 2020. He was charged in La Porte Superior Court 1 with 2 counts of Attempted Murder (Level 1 Felony), 2 counts of Aggravated Battery (Level 3 Felony) and 1 count of Criminal Recklessness (Level 5 Felony). Berry is in La Porte County Jail and was issued at $100,005 cash bond. His next court appearance is scheduled in La Porte County Superior Court 1 on Jan. 28. 

Other responding emergency units were Indiana State Police, Long Beach Police, Trail Creek Police, Springfield Township Fire Department, and La Porte County EMS.

MCPD may be contacted via Facebook Messenger, through crime tip hotline 219-873-1488, or through WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78-CRIME. You can possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All WeTip call information is sent directly to the  La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous.

One Response to “5 Michigan City officers commended for exceptional service”

  1. Judge Roy Bean

    Jan 14. 2021

    Great job. Thanks for all you do for us. Putting your lives on the line.
    This is why we need to DEFEND, not defund, the police.

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