Update: Bounty Hunters Involved In Cromwell Shooting Leaving 1 Dead, 2 Injured


One person is dead and two others are in serious condition after a shootout in Cromwell Monday night. First Sgt. Chad Hill, public information officer for the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Dept., confirmed this morning that 56 year old Gary W. Helman of 9174 E. Doswell Blvd., Cromwell, was shot and killed. According to Hill, three bounty hunters attempted to serve on Helman an active warrant out of Kosciusko courts resulting from felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery resulting in bodily injury. The three bounty hunters were identified as 43 year old Daniel Foster of LaPorte, 36 year old Michael C. Thomas of Osceola, and Tad Martin of Osceola. The bounty hunters had reportedly made visual identification of Helman as he stood on the back deck of his residence. They engaged Helman and a subsequent gun battle ensued inside and outside of the residence, according to Hill. Struck by gunshots were Martin and Helman’s twin brother, Larry D. Helman, who also lived at the residence. They suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their extremities and were in serious condition. One was taken to Parkview Hospital and the other to Lutheran Hospital, both in Fort Wayne. When KCSD officers arrived at the scene, they located Martin and Larry Helman in the rear of the residence suffering from serious gunshot wounds. Officers also entered the home and located Gary Helman suffering from a critical gunshot wound. Officers secured the scene as Syracuse-Turkey Creek EMS arrived and began medical treatment on Martin and Larry Helman. Kosciusko County Coroner Mike Wilson was summoned to the scene where he pronounced Gary Helman dead from gunshot injuries. Officers retrieved firearms from the scene that were involved in the shooting. Foster and Thomas were taken in by law enforcement for interviews but were released pending further investigation. The mother of Larry and Gary Helman was interviewed by detectives. She was a witness at the residence, but was not identified by name.</div>

Original Story:

It has been confirmed by the Kosciusko County Sheriff Department's Sgt. Chad Hill that 1 person has been killed and 2 others have been hospitalized after a shooting in Cromwell. Around 6:50 P.M. Monday, 911 received a call reporting shots fired at 9174 E. Doswell Drive in the Enchanted Hills Neighborhood. The SWAT Team was also dispatched to the scene. Officials report that the Kosciusko County Major Crime Scene Unit is taking over the investigation.  One suspect has been detained, however more suspects are believed to have been involved. Details of why the shooting occurred have not been released yet. We will have more information for you as it becomes available from law enforcement officials.