Two killed following reported hostage situation, brief chase in Lafayette
LAFAYETTE – Two men died following a reported hostage situation that led to a brief police pursuit in Tippecanoe County.
According to the Lafayette Police Department, officers arrived at the IHOP restaurant at 4215 South St. around 11:20 p.m. Thursday after hearing that a man was being held against his will at gunpoint. Witnesses directed police to a silver Dodge pickup truck that had just left the area. Police found blood in the parking space the truck had recently vacated.
Officers found the truck behind a business at Park East Boulevard and Kettle Drive. The driver spotted police and drove toward them, firing shots as he passed. An officer opened fire as the truck went by, police said.
The truck continued past officers, starting a short chase on Kettle Drive and then on Kettle Circle, where the truck crashed into a home. Both men inside the truck were killed.
Police identified the driver as Steven Keith Moseley, 46, a homeless man who lived in the Lafayette area. The second man–who police said was being held against his will–was identified as Joel Ray Hershman, 62, of Brook, Ind.
Police said neither officers nor anyone inside the home was hurt.
The officer who opened fire has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure pending an internal investigation. The department identified the officer as 25-year-old Donna Gregorash, a 3-year veteran of the force.