Officer Involved Shooting
Monday, December 17, 2018

State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened early Sunday morning in Elkhart County.

At around 3:00 a.m., Elkhart County Deputy Justin Yoder attempted to stop a red 2005 Mazda for a traffic violation near CR 4 and CR 9 in Elkhart County. The driver of the Mazda, 27-year-old Michael Christian of Elkhart did not stop and a pursuit began, with Sgt. Nathan Lanzen from Elkhart Police Department assisting.

The pursuit entered the North Lake Apartment complex when Christian stopped his car and fled on foot. As other officers arrived to assist, Christian attempted to enter an apartment with a key when a physical struggle occurred at the entrance to the apartment. Lanzen’s handgun discharged as a result of the struggle. Yoder is reported to have fired his handgun as well. Nobody was struck as a result of either firearm discharging.

Christian was arrested on several charges.

Yoder is a 4-½ year veteran with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Lanzen has been a member of the Elkhart Police Department for 10 years.