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MPD: Shooting suspect leads police on wild chase with eight-month-old in car

Yesterday evening the Marion Police Department, Grant County Sheriffs Deputies and State Police conducted a traffic stop to question a suspect about a shooting in Wabash on Monday that left one person injured.

The traffic stop was conducted at around 5:09 p.m. at the intersection of Third St. and Whites Avenue.

Police ordered 30-year-old Cori C. Gentry out of the driver’s seat of a Pontiac Vibe when he yelled that “he had nothing to lose, before driving forward and crashing into an Indiana State Police vehicle. He then drove backward crashing into a Marion Police vehicle. Gentry fled from the traffic stop north on Whites Ave. and westbound on 3rd St., according to Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey.

As police were in pursuit, Gentry then drove northbound on G Street.

While in the 200 Block of North G Street, Gentry opened his driver’s door, leaned out and fired two shots at the pursuing officers.

Gentry continued to flee from police westbound on Spencer Ave from G St., crossed the bypass, continued westbound on Spencer Ave., southbound on Miller Ave. to 26th St., Eastbound on 26th St. passing Marion High School in the excess of 70 mph, crossing Nebraska St. to southbound to Washington St., Washington St. to Felton St., Felton to 38th St., 38th St. to Lincoln Blvd., Lincoln Blvd. to Home Ave., Home Ave. to 33rd St., 33rd St. to Harvey St., Harvey St. to 30th St. and 30th St. to Lincoln Blvd.

Gentry then crossed the railroad tracks to Penn St. to Grant St.

In the 300 Block of East Grant St. Gentry hit a Marion Police vehicle and continued westbound on River Blvd. through the YMCA parking lot, westbound on Spencer Ave., South on E St., and westbound in the alley between Nelson St. and Spencer Ave.

In the alley between Spencer Ave. and Hill St. Gentry lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Police ordered Gentry out of the vehicle. Gentry tossed the handgun out of the window, exited the vehicle and obeyed officer’s commands by lying on the ground. An officer took custody of the weapon, and Gentry was placed under arrest without further incident.

Dorsey said that officers then located Kathryn Wainscott, 29, and her 8-month-old daughter inside the pursued vehicle. Both Wainscott and her 8-month-old daughter were transported to Marion General Hospital for minor injuries and bruises. Wainscott reported that she was initially driving her vehicle and after police stopped them at 3rd St. and  Whites St., she was ordered by Gentry to switch places.

Gentry was arrested and is being held on a preliminary charge of Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon.

Multiple more charges are forthcoming.

Dorsey noted that police located and recovered the 9 mm spent shell casings in the 200 Block of North G Street.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The investigation is still active.

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