Indiana man killed during his birthday party

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police in northwestern Indiana say a man was fatally shot after breaking up a fight during his own birthday party.

Hammond police say the suspected shooter in Saturday night’s death of 44-year-old Lonnie Williams was arrested Sunday morning by state police at an Interstate 65 rest area near Lebanon in central Indiana.

Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda tells The Times of Munster that witnesses told investigators that the suspected gunman and another man got into a fight during the party at Williams’ home. Williams broke up the fight and told both men to leave.

Hoyda says the gunman later returned and opened fire, wounding Williams. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

Hoyda said charges were pending against the suspected gunman.

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