Child Molester Shot By Police After He Pulled Gun Out During Warrant Arrest

On Wednesday, November 3, the Indiana State Police District 13 Criminal Investigations Division was contacted by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred at 138 S. 450 W. in rural Porter County, according to Sgt. Glen Fifield of The Indiana State Police.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., Porter County Police arrived at the residence to serve a warrant to James W. Filby, 58, from Valparaiso, IN.  During the officer’s initial encounter with Mr. Filby, the suspect met the officers outside the residence and produced a handgun.  Shots were fired by both Mr. Filby and an officer.  Mr. Filby sustained injuries that required him to be flown to Chicago by UCAN. 

The Officer involved in the incident has been with The Porter County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years and has been placed on paid Administrative Leave currently, Porter County Sheriff’s Department told RNS. The officer was not injured during the incident.

The warrant to be served was for the following offenses:

  • Child Molesting- Class C Felony
  • Vicarious Sexual Gratification- Class D Felony
  • Attempted Sexual Battery- Class D Felony
  • Attempted Sexual Battery- Level 6 Felony
  • Sexual Battery- Level 6 Felony
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