At 11:23PM Saturday night (Jan 1oth) a shooting death occurred at McTavern’ s Bar (7400 Indy) in the West parking lot. A 38 year old male and his girlfriend were getting out of their late model Escalade, when two male subjects approached them and attempted to rob the couple. The intended male victim took a handgun out of his car and shot one of the assailants in the chest. The other suspect may have fired shots at the intended victim, and then fled. The suspect got into a gray Cadillac and left North on Indianapolis. Officer David Pardonek and several other Hammond Police officers pursued the Cadillac and it crashed in East Chicago. The driver and passenger were apprehended. Both are believed to be from Illinois and they may be convicted felons. The shooting victim (alleged robber) was treated by Hammond Fire personnel but he expired before he could be transported. The robbery victim that fired the shots has been compliant with the investigation and has turned over his handgun to police. The shooting victim has not been identified as of the time of this e-mail. Detectives Zeke Hinojosa and Brett Plemons are conducting the death/robbery investigation and I will keep you posted when further details develop.
Chief Brian Miller
Hammond Police Department