Man with gun headed for broker stopped by police — (Chesterton Tribune)

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Chesterton Tribune

Posted  7/23/2002

A Valparaiso man, armed with a weapon, headed for his broker’s office, was apprehended by Chesterton Police Monday afternoon in the parking lot of A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc. at 751 Porter Ave.

According to police, at 1:20 p.m. CPD was dispatched after the wife of the unhappy man called 911 to warn police her husband told her he was first going to the credit union then to his brokers. He left the house with the gun wrapped in a towel.

Police were ready when the 1996 white Ford Mustang drove into Towne Center on Porter Avenue. Police assisted him to the ground and recovered a Dan Wesson Arms 357 Magnum CTG from the vehicle. It was not loaded. The weapon was in a black nylon holster. He also had a laser pointer.

According to the broker, he had had two conversations with the man earlier in the day. He said no threats were made, but the man was not happy with the outcome of the conversation.

At the Chesterton Police Station, the suspect’s wife informed police her husband had first suggested taking a dummy grenade to take to the broker to put on the broker’s desk. She urged him not to, so he took the gun.

The wife said her husband has been on anti-depressants and has been unstable. He has been carrying guns lately.

The secretary and two brokers at A.G. Edwards said they feared for their lives. They and the wife all have filed restraining orders against the suspect. And the brokers said they were filing formal letters that they no longer want the suspect as a client.

Meanwhile, the suspect was committed for 24 hours at Porter Starke.