MICHIGAN CITY -- A 19-year-old Michigan City man who police say ran from a traffic stop and was shot while struggling with an officer over his gun was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors on Monday.
A state police news release detailed the events:
On Wednesday, June 20, two Michigan City officers in uniforms and assigned to the Safe Streets Team stopped a 2011 Chevy Malibu for an alleged traffic violation on Welnetz Road at 5:53 p.m. Four people were in the car, including Daniel Sherrod Jr.
Sherrod ran from the traffic stop scene, with one of the two officers in pursuit. Sherrod entered an unlocked, occupied apartment in the Salem Port complex. The officer and Sherrod struggled.
Again outside the apartment, Sherrod tried to remove the officer's gun, but the officer was able to gain control of his gun and fired, striking Sherrod in the abdomen.
Sherrod again ran about a quarter of a mile, where police found him in an acquaintance's apartment in the Dody Street complex.
Sherrod was taken to Franciscan Saint Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City and later airlifted to South Bend.
The officer involved in the shooting is city police Patrolman Ron Skibins, who has been on the force for six years. He was placed on paid administrative leave.
Sherrod was released from the hospital on Saturday, June 23 and taken to LaPorte County Jail where he is being held without bond.