The Indiana State Police were requested by Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds to investigate a police action shooting involving one of his officers. Just after 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, evening, they received a call to assist EMS with a suicidal subject that resided in the 700 block of McCool Road in South Haven. Two Porter County officers arrived at the home and attempted to get the person to answer the door, a third officer arrived and when they looked through one of the home’s window they saw a male, 46 year old Kevin Grant Vawter, of Valparaiso, who was bloody. The officers forced entry into the residence and Vawter went after one of the officers who tased him. As a second officer went to handcuff Vawter, he got up and lunged at the officer with a knife. It was at this time one of the officers shot at Vawter, hitting him. The officers immediately began life saving measures. EMS arrived shortly thereafter transporting the male to Porter Hospital in Valparaiso where he later died. Further investigation revealed the call had been made by a family member who had been battered by Vawter just prior to the call. The investigation is ongoing. All three officers were wearing body cameras at the time of the incident. The officer that was involved in the shooting is on administrative duties which is per the Porter County Sheriff’s standard operating policy. The two other officers involved have returned to normal police duties.
January 25th, 2019|Local News|