On July 13th, 2021 at approximately 9:20pm, Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 were dispatched to the 1100 block of Buffalo Street regarding an unconscious male bleeding from the head. Officers arrived on scene and discovered 39-year-old Michigan City resident Aaron Luncsford lying on the floor with a severe head injury. Luncsford had a faint pulse and was immediately transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital by LaPorte County EMS where he was later pronounced deceased.
Officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 were then dispatched to the 100 block of West Homer Street 40 minutes later regarding a person who was shot. Responding officers located a 43-year-old Michigan City resident shot in the neck outside of their residence. The victim was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital before they were transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital for advanced medical treatment.
The victim from this incident is currently in critical condition.
Officers secured both crime scenes and canvased these areas of evidence.
Witnesses were interviewed during these two investigations to gather more information.
Detectives were then contacted to assist the Patrol Division with processing both scenes and conducting additional interviews.
A person of interest from both of these incidents was identified and quickly detained by officers from Uniform Patrol Shift 2 approximately one hour after the second shooting took place in the 100 block of West Homer Street.
Detectives continue to interview witnesses, search for video surveillance, collect/process evidence from these two investigations and attempt to identify any other suspect(s) that may be involved.
These investigations will be turned over to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office for further review once they are completed to determine if and what criminal charges will be filed against the person of interest.
Additional information pertaining to these two incidents will not be released at this time in order to protect the integrity of these ongoing investigations. The Michigan City Police Department would ask anyone who may have witnessed these incidents, has any additional information, or has video surveillance / cell phone video of these incidents, to please contact Detective Corporal Kay Pliske at (219) 874-3221; Extension 1086, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other first responders who assisted with these incidents include the Michigan City Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Patrol Shift 3, LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, Trail Creek Police Department, Michigan City Fire Department and LaPorte County EMS.
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