82-year-old man shot Sunday by Gary police; in critical condition

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GARY, Ind. — An elderly man is in critical condition after he was shot by Gary police Sunday night.

At around 5:30 p.m., authorities were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Roosevelt Street on the report of a man with a gun.

Police said 82-year-old Melvin Bouler was sitting in a vehicle in front of the apartment complex when officers arrived. Bouler was given several commands before an officer discharged his weapon and shot Bouler, police said.

Witnesses said they heard arguing between a man and a woman just prior to the police arriving, after which they heard officers yelling at the man as he sat inside a car. Then, about a dozen gunshots rang out.

Family told WGN News the fight was over and Bouler, who is hard of hearing, was leaving when officers shot him in his car. Video shows at least eight bullet holes in the vehicle’s windshield.

Gary police said Bouler was transported to Methodist Northlake Hospital. He's listed in critical condition.

A weapon was reportedly recovered at the scene. At the request of Gary police, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

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