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Suspect in woman’s shooting arrested

January 16, 2019

La PORTE – A man suspected of shooting a woman during a domestic argument in La Porte on Monday has been arrested and charged after a traffic stop in Lake County.

Ronald Means, 37, of La Porte, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Griffith, and is being held in the La Porte County Jail on felony charges of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to La Porte Police Capt. Bill Degnegaard.

Police responded to a home in the 1100 block of Clay Street about 9:30 p.m. Monday after a 911 call about a possible shooting, Degnegaard said.

They found a woman in the home suffering “what appeared to be at least one gunshot wound,” he said.

As of Wednesday morning, she remained in stable condition in an Indianapolis hospital and it “appears that she will recover,” he said.

“Initial reports are that there was a verbal altercation between the female victim and a male suspect, who fled prior to officers’ arrival,” according to Degnegaard.

He said police believe “the suspect and victim were familiar with each other and that this was an isolated incident.”

Means was located in Griffith, and arrested after Griffith Police conducted a traffic stop, Degnegaard said.

He called the arrest a collaborative effort between La Porte Police detectives, the La Porte County Drug Task Force, La Porte County FAST, and U.S. Marshals Service.

Bond for Means was set at $100,000, cash only, on the new charges, and his initial court appearance is scheduled for Friday in La Porte Circuit Court.

Means was also wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on an unrelated charged, according to court records. In August 2017, Means pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor invasion of privacy charge, and the state dropped a second charge of violating an order of protection.

He was sentenced to a year in prison, which was suspended, and a year’s probation, according to court records. However, in August 2018, prosecutors moved to revoke the probation, and when Means failed to appear for a hearing, a warrant was issued. A hearing on that case was scheduled for Wednesday in Superior Court 3.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Det. Bowman or Det. Sgt. Airy at the La Porte Police Department at (219) 362-9446.

— From staff reports

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