- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2021

KNOX, Ind. (AP) - Two northern Indiana deputies fatally shot a 63-year-old man after he allegedly drove toward officers he was trying to elude following an attempted traffic stop, state police said Friday.

The incident began just before midnight Thursday when a Marshall County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a pickup truck for a traffic violation along U.S. 30. But the driver - later identified by authorities as Jeffrey L. Marvin of Valparaiso - drove away from the deputy.

Indiana State Police, who are investigating the officer-involved shooting, said two officers with the Plymouth Police Department joined the pursuit as the pickup truck led officers through the city of Plymouth and then swerved at several police vehicles that had also joined the chase.

Marvin then led officers into adjacent Starke County, where his truck hit tire deflation sticks officers had deployed before he continued down a dead-end road, police said.

Sgt. Ted Bohner with state police said Marvin then turned around and collided with three police vehicles just south of Koontz Lake, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) northeast of the Starke County seat of Knox.

When those officers left their vehicles, Marvin allegedly drove towards them, prompting two Marshall County deputies to open fire, hitting Marvin at least once. He was later pronounced dead at a South Bend hospital.

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