Police: Suspect in custody had ambushed, shot Gary officer

A suspect who’s in custody allegedly ambushed and shot a veteran Gary police officer Monday as the officer was investigating a vehicle that was driving recklessly, police said Tuesday.

Sgt. William Fazekas, a 32-year member of the Gary Police Department, remained hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was expected to undergo surgery later Tuesday on his shoulder, a Gary police spokeswoman said.

Gary police Cmdr. Jack Hamady said Tuesday in a statement that Fazekas saw a vehicle driving recklessly in Gary on Monday afternoon and followed. When the vehicle came to a stop, the officer activated his lights and exited his vehicle to investigate “when he was ambushed by a barrage of gunfire.”

Fazekas took cover inside his vehicle, but he was struck by gunfire, allegedly fired by the driver of the suspect vehicle. That person continued firing at Fazekas before fleeing on foot, Hamady said.

The suspect was arrested later Monday in a nearby abandoned home.

Hamady said police were initially uncertain whether any additional suspects were at large, but those investigators later determined “there was one subject that engaged in the gunfire with Sgt. Fazekas and that individual was in custody.”

The suspect’s name has not been released by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, which is leading the shooting investigation. Hamady said the suspect’s name would be disclosed after formal charges are filed by Lake County prosecutors.

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