Granger, IN – An Indiana State Police trooper was shot off-duty by his 11-year-old son on Thursday night.
Police responded to a home on Conover Drive at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 21 after Indiana State Trooper Matt Makowski was shot in the pelvic area, WSBT reported.
Trooper Makowski, an 18-year veteran of the state police, was transported to the hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery.
St. Joseph’s County Metro homicide investigators determined that the trooper’s 11-year-old son was the shooter, FOX News reported.
The son, who is in 5th Grade, was arrested and is being held in juvenile detention facility.
St. Joseph’s police said officers had responded to the same home for a welfare check a week before the incident.
Police have not yet released any details of the shooting, but neighbors said the trooper’s son had a history of violence and behavioral problems.
“The behavior out of that child has escalated throughout the years. I personally have had issues with him and my child,” one neighbor told WSBT.
She said that the Department of Children Services (DCS) had gotten involved after a serious fight between the trooper’s son and another child in the neighborhood.
The other child was injured, she told WSBT.
“I’ve seen how he can twist from being happy and playing like a team – a little baseball in the front yard to wanting to kill somebody and hit them and knock them to the ground bloody and bruised,” the neighbor said.
She said DCS wasn’t doing enough about the trooper’s problem child.
“They’ve done all of the paperwork. They’ve done all of the safety plans. They’ve done all of the preaching. They’ve done all of the counseling. They’ve done this. They’ve done that. Nothing is working, so I beg for the prosecutors to actually get involved and get this under control before we are sitting in a bigger funeral,” she told WSBT.
Other neighbors told WNDU that the fifth grader has been violent and manipulative, and has even threatened adults.
Trooper Makowski remained in intensive care until Monday, when his condition was upgraded to stable.
His son was expected to face a judge on Feb. 25.
The St. Joseph’s County Prosecutor’s office said he could be facing attempted murder charges, FOX News reported.