KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) — An overnight police chase that ended through two northeast Indiana counties ended in a shootout with a suspect in critical condition early Thursday morning, state investigators said.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department attempted to stop a Buick car for reckless driving near Harris Road and Olympia Court on the northwest side of Fort Wayne.
Police say the suspect driver initially stopped for the officer but then sped off from the traffic stop as the officer approached the car, which started a car chase, which lasted for nearly 25 miles.
The chase ran through northern Allen, DeKalb and Noble counties for nearly 45 minutes, according to authorities.
Several local law enforcement agencies became involved including Fort Wayne Police, Indiana State Police, Noble County Sheriff's Department, DeKalb County Sheriff's Departments and Kendallville Police.
Investigators say the chase ended at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday, when the suspect's car came to a stop on Waits Road east of Main Street at the Johnson mobile home park on the south side of Kendallville.
During the traffic stop, officers say the driver, who was the only one inside the car, refused to get out of his car and began shooting at officers while inside his vehicle.
This led to multiple police officers shooting back at him, but the suspect continued shooting at officers from inside the car.
At approximately 1:45 a.m., Fort Wayne SWAT officers were able to take the suspect into custody and he was identified as 40-year-old Justin Robert Weikel of LaOtto.
ISP says after Weikel was taken into custody he was transported to a Fort Wayne area hospital.
As of 7:45 a.m., Weikel was considered to be in fair condition, but stable and he was the only person injured during this incident.
Weikel reportedly had an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of Noble County.
It is unclear what charges he will face at this time.