12 hours, 2 pursuits, 1 7-hour standoff leads to 23 years in prison

GOSHEN – A 47-year-old man described by the judge as a career felon was sentenced to 23 years in prison Monday for charges related to a pair of pursuits and a stand-off with police.

His crimes spanned a twelve hour period on January 15th and involved police in Elkhart County and Cass County, Michigan along with SWAT teams from Elkhart County and Goshen.

Thomas Mosier fired a rifle at a pursuing Elkhart Police officer, striking his squad car above the head light.

The chase ended in Cass County where deputies lost the vehicle but Mosier fled on foot until he stole a Ford F-250 pickup truck but was spotted by a Michigan State trooper who gave chase back to Elkhart. Another Elkhart officer joined the pursuit which went through Middlebury and ended on the south side of Goshen where the pickup was found crashed.

Mosier and an accomplice attempted to break into another home but were foiled by the homeowner who was armed with a rifle. Officers tracked the pair to another residence where Mosier holed up in a barn.

A seven-hour long standoff followed with Mosier firing to rounds from a stolen handgun before he eventually surrendered.