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Indiana Officer Shot In Robbery

Last updated on Friday, December 28, 2012

(HAMMOND) - The police officer shot during a bank robbery in northwestern Indiana is out of the hospital and should make a full recovery, the city’s police chief said.

The 34-year-old officer was allowed to go home Sunday, two days after he was shot three times in the leg as he responded to a report of a bank robbery, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller told The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune of Merrillville.

"He's doing very well," Miller said. "He spent Christmas with his family."

David Hardin and Brealon Miller Jr. were arrested Friday following a high-speed car chase. The men, both 24 and from Gary, have been charged in the Hammond robbery.

Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich postponed the probable cause and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday until Jan. 8 at Hardin and Brealon Miller's request. He ordered them held without bond until then.

They also could face criminal charges for shooting the officer, Chief Miller said.

Court documents show one of the men entered the BMO Harris Bank branch in Hammond and brandished a handgun. He ordered the bank's security guard to lie on the floor and took the guard's handgun, while the second man entered the bank, according to the documents.

An affidavit from an FBI agent said they stole about $202,000. Police found bundled money on one of the men and saw wallets in the car that they believed had been taken from bank employees, court records showed.

Miller told FBI agents he committed the robbery under duress, saying someone was threatening to harm his family if he did not rob the bank, according to the affidavit. Hardin also confessed to taking part in the robbery, the affidavit said.

The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from their defense attorneys Thursday.

Chief Miller was not releasing the wounded officer's name at his request, and court documents didn't identify him.

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