Bloomington man arrested after Vigo County crash, shooting and chase

Apr. 21—A Bloomington man is jailed on preliminary charges including attempted murder after a vehicle crash, shooting and police chase Saturday night.

Dustin L. Roecker, 35, was booked on charges of attempted murder, criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement and auto theft, according to the Vigo County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched to a shots fired call on Candlewood Circle in southern Vigo County.

Deputies spoke with a man who said had been following him and his female passenger. He said once he pulled into his driveway, he noticed the vehicle stop and sit in the road.

After he got out out of his vehicle, the red truck that had been following him sped into his drive and crashed into him and his vehicle. Deputies saw the crashed truck in the drive.

The man said once he was struck by the red truck, he pulled out a gun and began shooting at the driver of the red truck.

The driver of the red truck, later identified as Roecker, ran off.

The victim was taken to the hospital with leg injuries. His female passenger, who was in the vehicle that was struck by the suspect truck, was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

A short time later, Indiana State Police began chasing a vehicle they believed was driven by the suspect. Vigo County deputies assisted.

Police were able to end the pursuit in Sullivan County and take the suspect into custody. Deputies and officers discovered that the suspect, upon leaving the scene of the crash, was able to steal a vehicle nearby and tried to flee in that vehicle.

Roecker was taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds suffered after the crash and altercation. The sheriff's office said those are not expected to be life-threatening.

Deputies said it was determined Roecker was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Initial investigation does not indicate any type of relationship or previous interactions between the victims and suspect. However, the investigation is ongoing.