GOSHEN — The man shot and killed by Goshen police on Wednesday has been identified as 19-year-old Michael Alcaraz of Bristol.
The Indiana State Police, which is investigating the shooting outside Double D's Hometown Bar & Grill around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, said in a press release that Alcaraz also has ties to the Chicago area.
An autopsy was conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Thursday.
Police say Alcaraz was brandishing a shotgun while driving a Dodge Durango in the lot at the BP gas station at Lincolnway East and Kercher Road on the south side of Goshen around 9:25 a.m. Wednesday. He allegedly attempted to abduct or carjack at least three people.
He later drove out of the gas station and confronted a woman driving a Ford Explorer with the shotgun on the roadway in the intersection, according to police. Another gunshot was fired there.
As Goshen police officers arrived in the area, Alcaraz fled in the Durango on Kercher Road, Sourwood Drive, through the Lippert Components campus and back to Lincolnway East, where he led police on a chase heading north toward the city center. Alcaraz pulled into the parking lot Double D's at 827 Lincolnway East, where the chase ended.
Indiana State Police investigators have not said specifically what happened next, but three Goshen police officers fired their weapons at Alcaraz and he was pronounced dead on the scene. An innocent bystander, 68-year-old Fernando Cuevas, also was hit by a bullet in the back of his shoulder, but investigators have not said whether it was fired by Alcaraz or police.
Cuevas was in stable condition at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne on Thursday after being airlifted there from Goshen Hospital a day earlier.
An Indiana State Police press release issued Friday morning says investigators recovered a shotgun from Alcaraz at the scene. They are asking anyone who encountered him on Wednesday to call the state police Bremen Post at 574-546-4900.
State police were planning to release names of the three Goshen police officers who fired their weapons during the incident later on Friday.