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Suspect now in police custody

by The Indiana Gazette on February 01, 2014 10:59 AM

A manhunt for the suspect in a shooting early Thursday in White Township has ended with the accused gunman’s surrender, state police reported Friday evening.

Eagan Minich, of Old Route 56 in White Township, turned himself in to state police at the Indiana area station just after 4 p.m. Friday, troopers reported in a news release.

Minich, who is charged with attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated assault, was lodged at the Indiana County Jail to await court action on the charges. Police charged that Minich, 29, assaulted Hayden Warmke, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student, just after 2 a.m. Thursday in a parking lot at a housing complex at 565 Maple St. in White Township.

Minich repeatedly punched Warmke then shot him in the leg with a handgun and fled the area, according to investigators.

Warmke, a criminology major at IUP, was listed in fair condition Friday morning at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. His condition this morning was not immediately available at press time.

As they investigated the incident, police initially suspected the events to be road rage-related. According to reports, an unidentified individual in Warmke’s vehicle told troopers that a motorist who was following them became annoyed at a delay as they drove near Philadelphia and Seventh streets.

A passenger in Minich’s vehicle also approached police, according to the criminal complaint.

Matthew Charles Scott told officers that as he rode with Minich following stops at two downtown Indiana taverns, Minich became mad and “followed a vehicle through town.” He did not know why Minich was mad, Scott told police.

Both Minich and Warmke pulled their vehicles into a nearby parking lot. There, Scott told police, Minich got out of his vehicle and punched Warmke repeatedly, even after the man fell to the ground.

When Scott tried to stop the assault, he told police, Eagan pulled out a gun and shot Warmke in the leg.

Minich warned Scott not to say anything about the shooting or he would kill him, according to the police report.

Not long after Minich drove away, leaving Scott behind, the suspect met up with him again, and threatened him in the hopes of keeping him silent, police said.

Judge Guy Haberl issued the warrant for Minich’s arrest.

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