The Indiana State Police Aviation Section was instrumental Saturday afternoon in helping to locate an intoxicated LaGrange County man who had suffered a self-inflicted wound and had walked away from his residence, leaving his family members to frantically search for his whereabouts.
According to ISP Master Trooper James Sheffield, at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Aug. 18, the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding a 43-year-old man from rural Howe who was intoxicated and had suffered a self-inflicted injury. The man was said to have left a residence in the 5000N block of CR 610E. “We didn’t know the extent of his injuries and time was of the essence,” Sheffield said.
As officers set up a perimeter and were asking for the assistance of a K-9 team, Sheffield overheard on his police radio that ISP Pilot Sgt. Mike Harris, was flying an ISP airplane back to its hangar in Steuben County from an earlier call out in the northwest part of the state. Harris was immediately informed of the search and diverted to the area of CR 600E north of SR 120.
Within five minutes of being rerouted, Harris located the man lying in some weeds approximately 50 yards east of the roadway.
The man, who was armed with a knife, was disarmed and taken by LaGrange County EMS to the hospital for treatment of a serious, but non-life threatening injury.