Man Dies After Altercation With South Bend Police Officer

By: Sarah Platt
By: Sarah Platt

A South Bend man is dead tonight.

He was shot by police after authorities say he assaulted an officer.

It all happened around 4PM Monday afternoon on the 1900 block of Vernon Street, just off of Calvert.

After responding to a domestic dispute at a home on South Bend's south side, police got a tip that led them to another home at 1915 Vernon Street.

That is where police say a suspect in his 20's attacked a police officer, forcing that officer to shoot the suspect.

South Bend police say it all happened within about a minute of the officer arriving on scene.

Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department stated, "Once he went to that location, he was engaged by a suspect who attempted to assault the officer, actually the suspect assaulted the officer, during the course of the assault, the officer used his duty handgun and shot the suspect."

That suspect was taken to Memorial Hospital, where police say he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The South Bend police officer was taken to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

He was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

Neighbors we talked to are stunned.

One resident, Rhonda Nicekerson said, "I saw an ambulance and lights everywhere; it scared me."

Another woman who lives in the neighborhood, Tena Crockett said, "I just know the family, from walking to school and seeing them and saying 'Hi'. We've never had this kind of problem in this neighborhood before."

The home where the shooting took place is just half a block from Lincoln Elementary school.

Metro homicide continues its investigation in this shooting.

The names of the deceased party and involved officer are not being released at this time


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