2 off-duty officers shot at Indiana bar, police say

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HIGHLAND, Ind. — Two off-duty police officers were shot at a bar in Indiana early Saturday, authorities said.

The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Growlers on Highway, 2816 Highway Ave., Highland, Ind.

Joshua Ortiz spent the early morning hours in lockup following the incident. He was released Saturday, but his cousin is still in custody.

According to local authorities, two men became angry when they left the bar and were not allowed to return inside since it was close to closing time. An altercation ensued, and two off-duty officers were shot.

Ortiz said his cousin had just stepped outside to use his cellphone. Ortiz said he went outside when he saw several security guards beating up his cousin.

An officer from East Chicago, who was believed to have been at the bar as a patron, was grazed in his head.

An officer from Gary was shot in his arm. The Gary Police Department said the officer was a patron.

Additional details were not immediately available.


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