Suspect Arrested Following Shooting at Pokagon State Park

Written from DNR press release

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that a suspect has been arrested following a shooting incident at Pokagon State Park. The incident occurred on the evening of July 6, 2024, prompting a swift response from multiple law enforcement agencies.

At approximately 10:45 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officers, along with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, responded to reports of a shooting in a parking lot at the park. Upon arrival, officers immediately apprehended the suspect, identified as Maung Oker Aung, 25, of Fort Wayne.

A male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, while two additional victims—a 9-year-old female and a 38-year-old male—sustained injuries from bullet fragments. The injured individuals received prompt medical attention and are expected to recover.

Maung Oker Aung was taken into custody and booked into the Steuben County Jail. He faces preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony, and criminal recklessness, a level 6 felony.

The DNR is conducting a thorough investigation with collaborative support from several agencies. In addition to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, assistance was provided by the Angola Police Department, Fremont Police Department, Steuben County Communications, Angola Fire Department, Steuben County EMS, and the Steuben County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The safety of our park visitors is our utmost priority,” said Colonel Steve Hunter, Director of the Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division. “We are working diligently with our partner agencies to ensure a comprehensive investigation.”

It is important to note that criminal charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.

About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to managing and conserving the state’s natural and cultural resources. Through its Law Enforcement Division, the DNR enforces laws related to outdoor recreation and natural resource protection, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of Indiana’s parks, forests, and waterways for all.

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