Valparaiso Police Chief Andrew McIntyre and Porter County Sheriff Jeff Balon requested the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division Lowell Post to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred Thursday afternoon in Valparaiso.

Preliminary information is that officers were dispatched to the area of Fairgrounds Park for a suspicious person that was reported to be displaying a handgun. Officers located a male subject that matched the description of the suspect near the Butterfield Pavilion. As officers approached the suspect, the suspect fled and ran towards Calumet Avenue.  During the foot pursuit, an exchange of gunfire took place between the suspect and the officers.  Officers from both the Valparaiso Police Department and the Porter County Sheriff’s Department were involved.

The suspect sustained injuries as a result of the gunfire and was transported to Northwest Health Hospital where he was declared deceased.

The Porter County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to The Northwest Health Hospital Valparaiso Emergency Room regarding the death. The decedent was identified as 20-year-old Caden Mura, of Valparaiso. The incident is still under investigation and cause and manner of death are pending autopsy and toxicology. Indiana State Police is assisting with this investigation