|Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:54 PM
|Issue of September 17, 2014
February 12, 2014 | 08:27 AM
A pursuit, which began in Palmyra, ended Monday morning with gunfire that sent two suspects and a Harrison County police officer to the hospital.
According to an Indiana State Police report, at about 1:59 a.m. Harrison County Officer Michael Andry observed a black Honda Civic on U.S. 150 heading west at the four-way stop in Palmyra. The vehicle took off from the intersection at what appeared to be a high rate of speed, police said.
Andry followed the vehicle and checked the license plate through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The plate returned as false or fictitious registration, not matching correctly with the Honda. So, Andry activated his emergency lights; however, the driver of the Honda attempted to evade Andry.
The pursuit continued through Washington County and into Orange County. Near the Rego area, the vehicle turned south onto county roads, eventually turning onto Valeene Road. At County Road 820 South, the driver of the Honda turned west onto a dead-end road. The driver turned the vehicle around, facing toward Andry, who exited his vehicle and ordered, at gunpoint, for the driver to stop.
Police said the driver of the Honda proceeded to steer the car directly at Andry, who fired three rounds into the windshield of the vehicle, striking two suspects, and then struck Andry, throwing him onto the hood of his patrol car. The suspect car continued driving down the passenger side of the patrol car.
An Indiana conservation officer, who had backed up Andry during the pursuit, pulled in front of the Honda, which came to a stop.
The three suspects in the Honda were taken into custody without further incident.
Andry was transported to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, where he was treated for leg and back injuries and released.
Relaying a report from Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye, Commissioner Kenny Saulman said the driver of the suspect vehicle was trying to run Andry over but luckily the ice and snow prevented the car from gaining much traction.
Seelye said Andry, who has been with the department for about 18 months, was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident.
The driver of the Honda was identified as Daniel Ray Holloway, 23, of Leavenworth. Holloway was shot in the hands and was transported to University Hospital in Louisville. The front-seat passenger, Ian T. Goebel, 30, of Depauw, was shot in the abdomen and was also transported to University. Rachel S. Kirkham, 25, of Corydon, who was seated in the back seat of the Honda was not injured.
Troopers from the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section found precursors to manufacture methamphetamine in a backpack inside the car. No actual methamphetamine lab was found.
Charges are pending against Holloway, Goebel and Kirkham.
The Indiana State Police was assisted during the investigation by the Orange and Harrison County sheriff's departments.