ANGOLA — Police have not released more information about what Indiana State Police called an officer involved in a shooting that occurred Tuesday night in Pleasant Lake.
Following a pursuit in the Pleasant Lake area, officers from multiple agencies were in pursuit of Jeremy W. Tuttle, 36, of Pleasant Lake, who ultimately crashed his vehicle on the east side of Pleasant Lake and then fled on foot. He was found in a garage and taken into custody.
Steuben County Sheriff RJ Robinson called on Indiana State Police to investigate the incident because it involved the discharge of Deputy Zach Rowlands’ gun. Rowlands is on paid administrative leave pending the final decision of the investigation.
Indiana State Police will try to determine if Rowlands accidentally discharged his gun, shot the suspect or something else caused the shooting. No one was injured in Tuesday’s incident, an Indiana State Police report said.
A police spokesman said once the investigation is complete, a statement will be made to the media.
The incident, which began shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, began with a police vehicle chase involving another officer, Deputy Todd Johnson.
Johnson crossed paths with Tuttle west of Pleasant Lake. Johnson recognized Tuttle as someone who had a suspended license, so he turned around to initiate a traffic stop, Sheriff RJ Robinson said.
In the process, Johnson determined that the license plate was not the one issued for the vehicle and that there were no taillights on at least one side. Johnson attempted to issue a stop, but Tuttle reportedly fled, beginning a pursuit that crossed Pleasant Lake and prompted a response from the Indiana State Police, Hamilton Police Department and Washington Police Department. ‘Angola.
The chase ended when the suspect crashed into Riley Square in Pleasant Lake, then turned into a foot chase as the suspect reportedly fled the scene of the crash.
“At some point during the foot chase, it was reported that one of the Steuben County deputies involved had discharged his service weapon. The suspect was not struck and no injuries were reported as a result of this action,” said a press release issued by the Indiana State Police.
Tuttle drove a short distance to a garage on Easy Street. Officers surrounded this property and quickly apprehended Tuttle.
Tuttle was eventually transported by state troopers to the Steuben County Jail.
Once the state police investigation is complete and turned over to the Steuben County District Attorney for review, a decision will be made as to whether further charges are warranted as a result of this incident.
Tuttle had a first hearing Wednesday on charges of Level 6 felony resisting police using a vehicle and Class A misdemeanor resting police and driving while suspended with a prior for the past 10 years before the magistrate James Burns.
Bail was set at $3,000. Benjamin Nordmann was appointed legal counsel to Tuttle.
He has his next court date June 13 at 1 p.m. at Steuben Circuit Court.
In addition to this incident, Tuttle has an ongoing case since March 4, 2021 in LaGrange County that also allegedly involved resisting police using a vehicle. He has numerous convictions in cases in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben counties, according to court records.