Suspect in Elkhart slaying surrenders after standoff in Goshen

Goshen News

GOSHEN — A Goshen man is in custody following a fatal shooting that took place in Elkhart early Saturday morning, and led to a police standoff in Goshen.

Ja Liahs Michael Curry, 23, was arrested and booked into the Elkhart County Jail on preliminary suspicion of murder, according to an Elkhart Police Department news release.

“At approximately 5:16 a.m., dispatch received sounds of gunfire call from the 2300 block of West Lexington Avenue where North River Landing Apartments are located. Upon arrival, Elkhart Police officers found a man lying on the floor suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, according to the news release.

The victim, Thomas Ray Johnson, 37, Elkhart, was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators identified a potential suspect who allegedly traveled from the scene to an apartment in the 600 block of North Second Street in Goshen.

Officers with the Goshen Police Department arrived at this address, and later attempted to call the male suspect out of the apartment, the release said.

The suspect refused to exit and the Elkhart County SWAT Team responded to serve a judicially approved search warrant. The suspect exited the apartment and was taken into custody shortly before 12 p.m. without further incident.

Here is the original version by The Goshen News.