Columbia City Manhunt Ends, Suspect Caught


According to a press release from the Whitley County Sheriff's Department, the man police were searching for due to an alleged battery and attempting to run over a police officer has been caught. His name is Anthony Michael McClellan. At approximately 8:45 pm police received a call from citizens reporting they had seen a man that matched the description of the suspect. Just moments later, police arrested McClellan around the same area (near S.R. 109) they had searched most of the day. He attempted again to flee police on foot but was caught. He's being held at the Noble County Jail.


Original Story:

Police have called off a search for a man in rural Columbia City.  The incident begins with a domestic dispute involving a battery complaint between a male and female in Noble County.  The Noble County Sheriff's Department received a call just after 12:00pm stating that the man in the dispute had left the home.  According to the Indiana State Police, a state trooper began following a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in an alleged battery. As the trooper followed, the suspect vehicle turned down a county road that and got stuck in a dead end. The trooper exited his squad car to confront the suspect but the driver sped towards the trooper trying to run him over in the area of State Road 109 and 700 N, in rural Columbia City.  The officer fired at the suspect.   Police do not believe the suspect was hit.  Whitley County Sheriff's Department asked residents to stay indoors during the manhunt.  A daycare facility at Big Lake Church of God was placed on shutdown for nearly two hours.  Police released the children to parents around 4:15 pm.  The suspect is still on the loose.