Authorities in Lake Station, Indiana continue to investigate a police shooting that resulted in the death of an elderly man Tuesday morning.
84-year-old John Laco was shot by officers in the parking lot of city hall just before 10:30 a.m., moments after Laco is alleged to have fired a single round into the air from a 16 gauge shotgun.
Police found him inside his car moments later, with the shotgun barrel sticking out the window.
“They ordered the individual to drop the weapon and show his hand. The suspect at that time then opened the car door and began to exit the car with the shotgun pointed at the officers at which time all three officers began to fire,” said Bob Byrd of Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force.
Several rounds hit Laco killing him, as well as breaking a window at the nearby library, prompting a temporary lockdown there.
Police later found an inoperative pellet gun inside Laco's sweatshirt pocket.
Ironically, Lake Station officers saved Laco's life in February of this year during a late-night electrical fire at his home.
It is still unknow why Laco was outside city hall today and why he fired the single gunshot.
“Right now we're interviewing family members trying to determine what that notice may have been. We have none at this time,” Byrd said.
There was some sort of altercation at the home of Lake Station mayor Keith Soderquist yesterday afternoon. Neither the police chief or mayor would confirm if Laco was involved in that, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.
An autopsy scheduled for tomorrow