GOSHEN — Investigators may release details next week about an incident in which a Goshen police officer fired a gun after a pursuit and a suspect was treated for injuries. Whether the suspect was shot, and what prompted the officer to open fire are questions awaiting answers.
Joshua Perry, 34, Goshen, is in custody while receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, according to Goshen police Thursday afternoon. When he’s released, Perry is expected to be jailed on two arrest warrants while also facing a charge of resisting arrest.
A Goshen police officer tried to stop the car Perry was driving in the area of Lincolnway East and Kercher Road around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. But Perry refused to pull over, leading police on a chase involving multiple officers for about 40 minutes that wound toward New Paris and then back north to Goshen.
Pursuit speeds averaged 30–40 mph, and stop sticks were used several times before Perry’s car was stopped at Third and Washington streets at close to 10 p.m., police said.
After the pursuit ended, “an incident occurred,” and a Goshen police officer fired a service weapon, Goshen police said in a news release early Thursday morning.
Perry was then treated for injuries at the scene before he was taken to Goshen Hospital for treatment. He was apparently transferred to Memorial Hospital sometime later, according to the communications from police.
Investigators from the Elkhart County Homicide Unit declined to provide additional details about the incident Thursday.
The unit’s commander, Mark Daggy, did not want to comment on specifics of the case, such as the nature of Perry’s injuries, including whether he was shot or injured by other means, what prompted the officer to fire and what type of gun was used, and why police sought to stop Perry’s car.
Daggy said he expects further information will be released early next week.
Officer-involved shootings are among the kinds of cases investigated by the Homicide Unit, which operates through the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Goshen Police Department may release the name of the officer who fired the gun on Friday morning, Tina Kingsbury, department spokeswoman, said Thursday.
The officer was placed on paid administrative leave while the case is investigated.
The warrants for Perry’s arrest were issued last month on accusations he violated his probation in an escape case and a resisting arrest case dating back to 2016. Perry also has a criminal history that includes cases of disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license and domestic battery, court information shows.
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