(CEDAR LAKE) – Indiana Conservation Officers arrested 71-year-old Donald Latulip, of Cedar Lake, on Sunday evening after receiving a complaint he was interfering with a group of waterfowl hunters on Cedar Lake.
ICO Alex Neel responded at 2 p.m. and saw Latulip in a pontoon boat near the hunters, waving a white towel when ducks flew in the area of the hunters.
The hunters also gave Neel video showing Latulip discharging a shotgun toward a residential area on the lake.
Latulip left the area in his boat and entered North Point Marina, which he owns. Neel and officers from the Cedar Lake Police Department attempted to make contact with Latulip at the marina but encountered a locked gate. While at the gate, officers heard what sounded like additional gunfire coming from the marina’s docks.
Latulip refused to open the locked gate. Officers forced the gate open and placed Latulip in a police vehicle at 5 p.m. for transport to Lake County Jail.
Latulip faces charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a level 6 felony; hunter harassment, a class C misdemeanor, and hindering a conservation officer, also a class C misdemeanor.