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Elkhart man charged with injuring state trooper with explosive device during Fort Wayne protest

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 12:29:07-04

FORT WAYNE — An Elkhart man has been arrested and charged with injuring an Indiana State Police trooper with an explosive device during a protest on May 30 in Fort Wayne.

Police arrested Juan Pablo Gonzalez, 34, on Saturday as he walked along Clinton Street near Friemann Square in downtown Fort Wayne where another protest was taking place, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

Gonzalez was transported to Allen County Jail where he remains held on four felonies and two misdemeanors.

The trooper was injured in the incident and hospitalized, but has since returned to work, according to state police.

Gonzalez is charged with:

  • Weapon/instrument of violence — possess/detonate destructive device to kill or intimidate (Level 2 felony)
  • Weapon/instrument of violence — possess/manufacture/transport/distribute destructive device (Level 5 felony)
  • Battery committed with a deadly weapon (Level 5 felony)
  • Battery against a public safety official engaged in official duty (Level 5 felony)
  • Disorderly conduct (Class B misdemeanor)
  • Rioting (Class B misdemeanor)