Police arrest Gary council leader over firing shots at teens

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Police in northwest Indiana have arrested the Gary City Council president on allegations he fired a gun at two teenagers he suspected of stealing his car and taking one of them back to Gary.

An attorney for Ron Brewer said his actions were a legal citizen's arrest.

East Chicago Police Lt. Jose Rivera tells The (Northwest Indiana) Times that Brewer was arrested Sunday night on probable cause for criminal recklessness and kidnapping.

Police said Brewer apparently tracked his stolen vehicle to East Chicago with a phone app and fired shots during a confrontation with the teenagers inside it. Police said Brewer wrongly took the law into his own hands without contacting police.

Bullet holes were found on Brewer’s stolen Lexus.

Attorney Scott King told WGN that under Indiana’s citizens arrest law, Brewer had every right to do what he did.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson released a statement to address the allegations.

"As Mayor of the city of Gary, I am deeply concerned about the arrest of President Brewer and about the nature of the allegations. This action is not consistent with the nature of his character,” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said.

Brewer remains in police custody Monday night. Under state statue, they have until Tuesday night to charge him or release him.

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