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Fatal Shooting Involving Psychiatric Patient and Officer

MUNSTER - A sheriff says a psychiatric patient disarmed and fatally shot a retired police officer at a northwest Indiana hospital before another security guard shot and killed him. Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez tells The Times" that the patient — later identified by the coroner's office as 22-year-old Jamal Williams of Lansing, Illinois — beat a nurse at Community Hospital in Munster about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Two retired sheriff’s officers working hospital security responded and a struggle ensued. Williams managed to take a gun from the belt of 59-year-old Ryan Askew and fatally shot him. Martinez says the other officer returned fire, killing the patient.

 

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.