No charges to be filed in Goshen police-involved shooting

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – A grand jury convened Wednesday elected not to recommend charges in relation to a police-involved Goshen shooting that happened in January.

On Jan. 9, Lt. Michael McCormack shot Joshua Perry after a police chase that ended near the intersection of West Washington Street and 3rd Street in Goshen. Perry had two outstanding warrants for his arrest at the time of the shooting.

Police were notified that Perry had active warrants for his arrest shortly after the chase began, according to a release from the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office.

After a 50-minute, low-speed chase, Perry finally brought his vehicle to a stop, but he reportedly refused to obey police commands, particularly failing to keep his hands were officers could see them.

Eventually, Perry reportedly "thrust one of his hands out of the window toward Lt. McCormack, at which time McCormack, believing he had been shot, fired his duty weapon at Perry," according to the release.

McCormack fired three shots. Two hit Perry in the arm and one hit him in the lower jaw.

Perry was treated by medical personnel and, after being released from the hospital, was taken into police custody for the warrants and Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement with a vehicle.

Because the grand jury returned the no-bill decision, McCormack will not face charges.