Police: Man pulls gun during Shipshewana parade

SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. (WANE) A Kendallville man faces multiple charges after police say he pulled a gun Saturday in Shipshewana during an argument after people had blocked the view of a parade that was taking place.

The incident took place at approximately 6:15 p.m. when the Shipshewana Police Department received a call regarding a person armed with a gun. Two officers were assigned to traffic control for the Light Parade at the intersection of State Road 5 and Middlebury Street when one of the officers went to help a woman who had fallen into the street just before the parade arrived. His attention was quickly diverted to a man who was holding back another man from behind.

The officer ordered the one man to release the other and when the man who had been held turned around, the officer saw that he was holding a small handgun. The officer ordered the man to drop the gun and a struggle began between the man, the officer and the other officer who had arrived to help out.

The officers managed to disarm the man, who was identified as twenty-four-year-old Joshua A. Colter.

“It was a miracle that no one in the crowd was hurt”, said Sergeant J. Carlos Jasso, one of the officers involved.

Colter faces charges of Disorderly Conduct a Class B Misdemeanor and Resisting Law Enforcement a class A Misdemeanor. An additional charge for Pointing a Firearm, a Level 6 Felony, has also been filed with the LaGrange County Prosecutor’s Office.