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Gun fired in burglary; police dog bites suspect

Clevenger

A Pierceton man was being held in Kosciusko County, accused of burglarizing a house, shooting the owners' vehicle after they came home and then fleeing from police.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies and officers from the North Webster Police Department responded at 9:49 p.m. Monday to the area of 8900 East, County Road 500 north after getting a 911 call about a burglary.

The officers were told that the owners came home to find an unknown vehicle in the driveway and that a man came out of the house and leveled a long gun in their direction and told them to leave.

Sgt. Chad Hill, police spokesman, said the suspect shot the car, blowing out a hubcap and denting a rim, as the residents were attempted to drive away. Police later identified the weapon as a 12-gauge shotgun.

The homeowners' son arrived and followed the suspect east on County Road 500 north, providing the Kosciusko County Central Dispatch Center with a description of the vehicle and its locations.

A North Webster officer tried to stop the suspect's vehicle in the area of Indiana 13 and County Road 300 North, joined by deputies, but the attempt was unsuccessful.

The suspect's vehicle struck "stop sticks" near County Road 150 north and finally stopped in the area of County Road 150 north and County Road 650 East. The sheriff's department said the driver bailed out, running south through a field and into some woods.

Winona Lake officer Joe Bumbaugh and his canine unit caught the suspect, Aubert Clevenger, 30, the sheriff's department said. Clevenger was taken to the Kosciusko Community Hospital after being bitten during the arrest.

The sheriff's department said Clevenger is in custody on a prosecutorial hold pending review of potential charges.

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