Fish Lake man reportedly stabbed roommate, held officers at bay



A Fish Lake man is facing charges of Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Level 5 Felony) and Battery, Causing Serious Bodily Injury (Level 5 Felony) after he stabbed his roommate and then refused to surrender for some time, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, Feb. 14, shortly after 9 p.m., deputies responded to a home in the 300 block of Cherry Street in Fish Lake on a report that Calvin Swanson, 32, had been battered and stabbed by his roommate, Michael Brewer, 65.

Indiana DNR Conservation Officer Alex Toth was first to arrive and found Swanson outside the house, suffering from cuts and abrasions. Swanson was taken to the hospital.

Toth and Deputy Austin Epple tried to make contact with Brewer, who was inside the house. Brewer responded, but refused to come out. Other officers, including Captain Derek Allen, arrived. Allen tried to call Brewer from outside several times, but Brewer did not respond. At that time “tear gas” was launched into the house. Several minutes later, Brewer came out and was taken into custody.

Brewer was being held in La Porte County Jail on a $15,000 cash-only bond.
Assisting: Sheriff John Boyd, Chief Deputy Ron Heeg, Captain Pat Cicero, Captain Andy Hynek, Deputy Scott Lanoue, Deputy Jet Balenia, La Porte County EMS, and Lincoln Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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