Two men are dead following an incident that involved an exchange of gunfire with Lafayette police.
Investigators say a man was being held against his will at gunpoint around 11:15 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant at 4215 South Street in Lafayette. Officers arriving on the scene found that the suspect and victim had left the area in a silver pick-up truck and found blood in the space where the truck had been parked.
When officers located the truck behind a business at Park East Boulevard and Kettle Drive, the driver exited the parking lot and began driving at the officers. The driver then fired shots at police while he was driving at them.
Officer Donna Gregorash, a three-year veteran of the department, shot at the pick-up truck as it approached. The truck continued past officers, crashing into a house at 114 Kettle Circle after a short pursuit.
Both men in the vehicle, 62-year-old Joel Ray Hershman of Brook, Indiana, and 46-year-old Steven Keith Moseley, who is believed to be homeless and living around Lafayette, were found deceased in the truck. The Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office will conduct autopsies on the men to determine the manner and cause of death.
Gregorash has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Shooting Review Board, per department policy.