HOBART − Police closed a busy stretch of highway Wednesday during a standoff that ended with an officer injured after he accidentally shot himself in the scuffle.
Hobart-Lawrence Police Investigator Dan Van Lanen told journalists later Wednesday how the incident happened.
Hobart-Lawrence police officers were sent Wednesday morning for a wellness check of a 30-year-old Hobart man, but couldn't reach the man. Then, around 1 p.m., officers spotted the man in a vehicle at State 29 and Brown County VV, which led to a brief pursuit until he was ultimately stopped on Highway 29 and County FF. As one of the officers tried to subdue the man, the officer's gun fired and wounded the officer in the hip area.
Meanwhile, the Hobart man remained in his car until he was ultimately arrested and placed into protective custody. Van Lanen said he didn't know what prompted the welfare check.
The officer's injuries are "nonlife-threatening" and he's at a local hospital, according to Van Lanen. On Wednesday morning, Hobart village administrator Aaron Kramer said the officer was in good condition. "We are very relieved with the news this morning. ... We look forward to him returning to work."
Highway 29's eastbound lane closed at 1:30 p.m. for three hours as a result of the incident. Traffic had been rerouted due to the ongoing investigation and reopened as of 4:54 p.m., according to the Department of Transportation.
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