Police: One dead in ‘gun battle’ with bounty hunters

Police are investigating a shooting in Kosciusko County that left two men hurt and one man dead.
Police are investigating a shooting in Kosciusko County that left two men hurt and one man dead.

CROMWELL, Ind. (WANE)  – The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department has released more information on a shooting that left one man dead and two others seriously hurt on Monday night.

Police said the shooting happened when three bounty hunters were serving Gary Helman, 56, active felony warrants for resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury.

After seeing Helman on the back deck of the house near Lake Wawasee, the bounty hunters engaged Helman and an gun battle ensued.

Police were called to the home at 9174 East Doswell Drive in Cromwell around 6:50 p.m.

One of the bounty hunters, Tad Martin, was hit as was Gary Helman’s twin brother Larry D. Helman. They were both taken to a Fort Wayne hospital in serious condition.

Previous booking photo of Gary Helman, who was killed in the shootout, released by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.
Previous booking photo of Gary Helman, who was killed in the shootout, released by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Gary Helman was found by deputies in a rear bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

No injuries were reported for the other two bounty hunters, Daniel Foster and Michael C. Thomas.

Monday’s shooting on East Doswell Drive is the exact location of a 2009 police standoff involving Gary Helman. Police shot Helman during a 9-hour ordeal after Helman pulled a gun in an attempt to get away. Helman survived after he was shot in the leg and hip. Helman barricaded himself inside the home with his mother after sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve three outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

NewsChannel 15 spoke to long-time bail bonds agent who said based on Helman’s history with police, the bounty hunters should not have been at the scene in the first place.

“Mr. Helman should have been picked up by a recovery agent. The recovery officer should have called local authority and taken them with them,” said Tony DeLaughter, Owner and Operator of DeLaughter Bail Bonds.

Detectives and crime scene investigators gathered evidence and interviewed any potential witnesses. Hill said firearms were recovered at the crime scene and were being processed for evidence.

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

 

 

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