MICHIGAN CITY —A man found shot to death in the Eastport neighborhood early Saturday has been identified as a 41-year-old Michigan City resident.
Michigan City Police Department Patrol Shift officers heard gunshots while patrolling in the neighborhood just before 2 a.m. Saturday, according to police.
About the same time, a 911 caller reporting someone had been shot in the 200 block of Grace Street.
Patrol units arrived moments later and found Demetrice Taylor lying on the ground, according to police. “He was found to have been shot and was deceased,” a statement from MCPD said.
The police Investigative Division, as well as the La Porte County Sheriff’s Investigative Division responded to the scene and a homicide investigation was ongoing as of Saturday afternoon.
Officers from the MCPD Investigative Division, the La Porte County HIDTA Drug Task Force, and La Porte County Sheriff’s investigation team investigated the incident.
The initial focus was to interview neighbors, acquaintances and relatives, police said. The investigation was continuing Tuesday, and no suspects were in custody.
An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, but the La Porte County Coroner's had not announced results as of Tuesday.
Anyone with information on the latest case should contact Det. Cpl. Michelle Widelski at (219) 874-3221, ext. 1088, or Mwidelski@emichigancity.com. Witnesses or anyone with information can also call the Michiana CrimeStoppershotline at (574) 288-7867 or (800) 342-7867.
Police on Tuesday called the incident a "murder," the fifth of the year in Michigan City, and the ninth since last July.
On Jan. 7, a Michigan City woman fatally shot her parents and later turned the gun on herself in the 6800 block of North Meer Road. On Jan. 16, an 18-year-old man was shot to death inside a vehicle in the 200 block of Jackson Street. And on March 30, a 27-year-old man was found shot to death in the 1000 block of Holliday Street, according to police.
—From staff reports