Starke County Sheriff’s Dept. conducts homicide investigation

STARKE COUNTY — The Starke County Sheriff’s Department is involved with an ongoing homicide investigation after 911 calls made early Thursday morning led to the discovery of a North Judson man who was fatally injured.  

According to Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin, around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, the Starke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a man was beating on the door of his residence on 1025 E. The male reportedly told the homeowner to call the police because he had been shot. 

The caller stated that the unknown male then fled on foot from his house, southbound, and noted that there was a large amount of blood on his porch from the wounded male. 

Dispatch sent officers to the area along with Starke County EMS. 

While they were en route, the dispatch center received a second call from another neighbor who reported that the male was at their back door bleeding profusely and was in need of medical attention. 

Deputies arrived and found a white male on the ground with the homeowner holding towels on wound to his neck. A short time later, Starke County EMS arrived on scene. However, by this time the victim, who has been identified as Nicholas Rudd of North Judson, had succumbed to his injuries. EMS subsequently pronounced him deceased at the scene. 

Detectives from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and called for a crime scene technician from the Indiana State Police. Following an autopsy, it was confirmed that this was not a shooting. 

Detectives are treating this as a homicide investigation, and it remains an active investigation. No further information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Starke County Sheriff’s Office at 574-772-3771.