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New Leads In Search For Suspect In 2015 Attempted Murder In LaGrange County

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Indiana State Police
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Indiana State Police are asking for help from the public to find a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting case from four years ago that severely injured a LaGrange County homeowner, who was left for dead. Police are searching for the man pictured above. 

They also believe that the suspect may have been driving a car like the one depicted below. 

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Image of a vehicle an attempted murder suspect may have been driving following a shooting in LaGrange County in 2015.

Here is the complete press release from Indiana State Police: 

(LaGrange County, IN)-   Detectives from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police are seeking public assistance as they attempt to identify the suspect(s) involved in a 2015 shooting, where a rural LaGrange County homeowner was severely injured and left for dead. The shooting took place during the mid-morning hours on Friday August 21, 2015, at a residence on County Road 350 South just west of Little Turkey Lake, LaGrange County.

The initial 2015 investigation revealed that an unidentified bald white male in his 20’s or 30’s, possibly driving a tan or beige colored early 80’s Chrysler 4dr Sedan, pulled into the victim’s driveway and exited the vehicle.  The suspect approached the victim, 41 year old Rocky Swihart, in his front yard where a verbal exchange took place between the men. Swihart turned away and walked back into his home, at which time the suspect produced a handgun and shot Swihart multiple times, leaving him for dead.

Swihart survived the shooting incident, but suffered a loss of vision as a result of the injuries sustained, which hindered early investigative efforts.  Until recently, all investigative leads were thought to have been exhausted.

Now, with the assistance of a State Police sketch artist, newly obtained information has developed a rendering of the shooter, and detectives are hopeful that this will aid in developing new leads and ultimately identify the shooter responsible.

Anyone that may recognize the shooter as shown in the rendering above, similar vehicles as pictured above, or any other information relevant to this investigation, you are urged to contact the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police, or CrimeStoppers to report your information.

LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department- (260) 463-7491

Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Post- (260) 432-8661

CrimeStoppers (Michiana)- (800) 342-STOP / (574) 288-STOP: www.michianacrimestoppers.com

Crime Stoppers (Fort Wayne)- (800) 237-STOP / (260) 436-STOP; www.crimestoppersfw.org