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March 28, 2013

Fulton man wounded during gunfight with police

FULTON — A man was injured during an exchange of gunfire with police just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers responded to 307 W. Brown St. in Fulton for a domestic situation with shots being fired. As officers arrived at the residence, Nicholas S. Westerhoff, 46, was inside and refused to give himself up, according to Indiana State Police. A perimeter was set up around the residence as officers continued to arrive.

Several attempts at negotiating with Westerhoff were unsuccessful, according to police. At one point, officers heard several shots being fired from inside the residence. At approximately 11:40 p.m,, Westerhoff came to the door of the residence and started firing his weapon, police report. Officers returned fire and Westerhoff was injured during the exchange. It is unknown if Westerhoff’s injury was self-inflicted or by officers returning fire. Westerhoff was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne in serious condition. No officers were injured during the standoff. The investigation is continuing.

Assisting state police at the scene were Indiana State Police were the Fulton County Sheriff Department, the Fulton town marshal, the Kewanna town marshal, Rochester Police Department. Liberty Township Fire Department and the Fulton County EMS.

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