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Police: Fugitive warrant issued for man who tried to shoot officer; Seymour residents keep an eye out

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John Michael Fish (Source: ISP) John Michael Fish (Source: ISP)

SEYMOUR, IN (WAVE) - A nationwide manhunt is underway for a man police say tried to shoot at an Indiana State Police trooper in southern Indiana Monday night.

John Michael Fish remains at large. ISP contacted the United States Marshals Great Lakes Region Fugitive Task Force in the search for Fish.

A fugitive warrant has been issued for Fish for a Parole Violation; however, formal charges have not yet been filed against him for Monday night's incident. 

Officers says it was around 7:30 pm Monday when a ISP trooper tried to pull over Fish's Chevrolet pick-up truck because one of the tail lights were out.  The two exited the interstate, and Fish eventually pulled over between a gas station and restaurant off of I-65 at the 50 mile marker in Seymour.

Police say that's when Fish fired a shot and the trooper fired back.  No one was hurt and Fish then ran away, prompting a massive manhunt that continues.

While police have been searching Seymour, residents have been keeping an eye out, too.

"It was a little scary," said Seymour resident Sandi Horne.  She lives behind where all the activity took place off of I-65, but when she peeked out her living room window, she didn't expect to see officers in her front yard.

"They told me I had to get back in my house and we weren't allowed to leave and nobody could come in," she told WAVE 3.

Mike Brown was also greeted by police on his drive home.

"I thought oh no my mom lives over here and she's all alone with my kids," Brown said.

And as the search continued, through corn fields, barns, and all across the region… those looking weren't the only ones losing sleep.

"I was kind of up because I was kind of afraid to go to bed," Seymour resident Lori Dutcher said.

Dutcher called and woke her parents up to tell them about the massive manhunt.

"I know there's a lot of places around here where you could hide.  My parents live around the corner down the road and they have a big barn and that's kind of scary too," she said.

It's something that no one in Seymour ever expected would happen.

"I lived in Los Angeles for awhile at it was common to see helicopters flying over at night searching the area, but that's weird for around here," Brown said.

Fish was released from prison in September of 2010 after serving a 6 years of a 20 year robbery sentence from a conviction in 2004.

Fish received substantial credit for good behavior, after he earned a GED, Associates and Bachelors degree, as well as graduating from a faith and character based program.

The robbery sentences were from Jackson, Hancock, and Marion Counties in Indiana.

Local police tell WAVE 3 they believe Fish was actually on his way to see his mom, who was staying at a hotel just three doors down from where the shoot-out took place with police.

Hotel management say his mom was visiting from Indianapolis, and checked out Tuesday afternoon.  Police say they have been speaking with her and that she has been cooperating.

Fish is still considered armed and dangerous.  If you see him, you should call 911 immediately.

Police say Fish is 35, 5'10, 156 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, pierced ears, and was last seen wearing dark clothing.

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