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Officer shot in heist on the mend at home

– A police officer shot during a bank robbery in northwest 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 said.

“He’s doing very well,” Miller said. “He spent Christmas with his family.”

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

Hardin and Brealon Miller 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 a security guard to lie on the floor and took the guard’s handgun, while the second man entered the bank, records said.

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

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