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Shootout between wanted man, bounty hunters leaves one dead in Kosciusko County

The gun battle that left one man dead and two others injured was a bounty hunter bust gone bad, police say.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 7:46 a.m.

The gun battle that left one man dead and two others injured was a bounty hunter bust gone bad, police say.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 9100 block of Doswell Boulevard in Kosciusko County at 6:50 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, for a report of shots fired, according to a sheriff’s department news release.

Investigators have determined that three men, “purportedly bounty hunters,” had gone to the residence to serve an active Kosciusko County felony warrant to 56-year-old Gary W. Helman for failure to appear at a court hearing.

Helman’s original warrants stemmed from felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury, the sheriff’s department reported.

The bounty hunters were identified as Daniel Foster, 43, of LaPorte; and Michael C. Thomas, 36, and Tad Martin, whose age wasn’t given, both of Osceola.

The men made contact with Helman and a gun battle erupted with shots being fired in and outside of the residence.

Martin and Helman’s twin brother, Larry Helman, were both shot outside the residence and were taken to separate Fort Wayne hospitals  for treatment.

Deputies found Gary Helman in a rear bedroom suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s department has several people in custody, but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, according to a department news release.

The investigation is ongoing. The sheriff’s department has been assisted by Indiana State Police, Syracuse Police Department, and the Kosciusko County Major Crimes Unit.


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