Lafayette man fatally shot by police after multi-county chase

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ind. – Police fatally shot a Lafayette man after officers say he led them on a multi-county chase Tuesday.

Police say the pursuit started when Peter J. Doffin Jr. dragged a female juvenile from a Warren County home and drove off in a white GMC Yukon around 4:30 a.m.

Doffin’s vehicle information was given to local authorities and it was located by Tippecanoe County deputies shortly after. Doffin reportedly refused to stop and deputies pursued the Yukon into Carroll and White counties.

Officers deployed stop sticks several times during the chase, which cause the Yukon’s tires to deflate.

Doffin continued west of Monticello on US 24, headed towards Reynolds, where he reportedly turned north on US 421 towards Monon. There, he hit more stop sticks and slowed to 40 mph.

The pursuit ended in Pulaski County when Doffin crashed his vehicle into a ditch at approximately 6:32 p.m.

Police say that’s when the suspect came out displaying a weapon and made threatening gestures towards officers. Those officers then fatally shot him, police said, after he failed to comply with orders to drop his weapon and continued toward them. The female passenger was not injured and no officers were injured in the gunfire.

The officers involved in the shooting were Deputy Branson Eber of Pulaski County, Roger Young of the Monon Police Department, and deputies Jodi Rohler and Jon Eads of Tippecanoe County.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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