On Wednesday, at around 10:43pm, Officers from the Uniformed Patrol Division responded to the 100 block of N. Woodland Avenue in reference to a person being shot. It was determined that 32 year old Joseph Prior Jr. of Hammond, Indiana had sustained a gunshot wound. Mr. Prior was transported to Franciscan Health Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Detectives from the Investigative Division were summoned to the scene and began an immediate investigation of this incident. Detectives, along with the Uniformed Patrol Division staff, worked through the night locating witnesses and collecting evidence. Their efforts resulted in Jae’Vianna Aldridge being developed as a suspect in this case. At 12:40pm, on Thursday, Ms. Aldridge was arrested on probable cause for Murder, pending a formal probable cause hearing in LaPorte County Superior Court #1. This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Havlin at 219-874-3221 Ext. 1078. (All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law).
July 26th, 2018|Local News|