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shooting victim charged

Friday, July 07, 2017 15:41 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A Gary man was shot then bolted from a hospital some 30 miles away.

That's according to Michigan City Police, who arrested Myles Thomas who remained in the LaPorte County Jail Friday on $5,000 bond on misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and false informing.

According to police, Thomas arrived at Franciscan Health early Wednesday with a gunshot wound to his arm.

When police showed up, Thomas would not reveal his name or anything about the gunshot wound, police said.

He ran out the emergency room doors but was apprehended a relatively short distance away, said Tim Richardson, chief of operations for Michigan City Police.

''He only got a block or two away when the officers found him,'' said Richardson.

Thomas was taken back to the hospital then arrested following his release several hours later.

Richardson said the investigation revealed the shooting was in Gary or Portage and police in those jurisdictions were contacted to look further into the origin and circumstances of the gunfire.

''What we do know is it didn't happen in Michigan City,'' said Richardson.

According to police, Thomas showed up at the hospital in a motor vehicle occupied by at least one other individual.

Richardson said being shot then seeking treatment elsewhere is not all that unusual.

It's done in an effort by victims to avoid law enforcement but all hospitals by law are required to contact police whenever anyone with a gunshot wound no matter where they're from shows up for treatment.
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