Chicago man killed, Indiana State Trooper wounded in shooting after armed robbery, carjacking


CROWN POINT, Ind. — A Chicago man was killed and an Indiana State Trooper was wounded in a shooting Friday.

The Lake County coroner has identified the man as 23-year-old Caine Van Pelt.

According to state police, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 10:15 p.m. about an armed robbery and carjacking at a Pilot truck stop near Exit 201 near Remington.

State troopers located the stolen vehicle, a black Mitsubishi, traveling northbound on I-65. Authorities attempted to make a traffic stop when the vehicle fled. 

According to state police, the stolen Mitsubishi then got a flat tire and the driver got out of the car around Mile Marker 246 near Crown Point. The man began to fire at officers. A state trooper was shot and wounded.

Officers exchanged gunfire with the man and the man was shot and killed. The Lake County Coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The injured trooper received a tourniquet at the scene. He was taken to the hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

I-65 was shutdown for several hours.

Indiana State Police are asking for the public’s help for information in the investigation.

State police said a black male was seen driving a silver Toyota Corolla, into the entrance of the truck stop with its hazard lights on before the incident. The Toyota was parked next to the Mitsubishi and left at the same time the Mitsubishi was stolen.

The Toyota was located a short time later abandoned on I-65 at Mile Marker 202.

State police did not release any more information about the driver of that car.

If anyone has any information is asked to contact Indiana authorities at (765) 567-2125.


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