Gunfire was exchanged between South Bend Police and an unidentified civilian Sunday night.
As a result, Cpl. Kelly Waite, was grazed on the left temple by a passing bullet.
In addition to the officer, one civilian was wounded.
In both cases, the injuries were not serious.
The investigation continues.
The Prosecutor has yet to file charges in the case.
The shooting happened in a neighborhood that is apparently
plagued by problems with empty or abandoned homes.
Nonetheless, the actual shots were fired outside of one of the few homes that is occupied.
David Kleitz didn’t see what happened down the block Sunday night, but he has been in the neighborhood for 30 years, and he has seen enough to know that – lately—
homeowners have been on edge.
“My wife and I are both elderly, it's not safe for us to live here,” he said Monday, “I should own a gun but I don't.”
While police haven't identified the civilian who was involved in an exchange of gunfire with police Sunday night,
Kleitz says he knows who it was.
“That man is 74 years old. How's he supposed to know who is coming on his property and he lives there by himself.”
Indeed, the shooting occurred outside a home at 4325 South Main; one of the few homes on the block that is occupied.
“We were responding to neighborhood complaints that there were vagrants and other individuals squatting in some of the vacant properties down there,” said South Bend Police Captain Phil Trent.
Meantime, Kleitz was in the mood for answers; “I want to know why these houses are still standing. You go every one of these houses and the doors are open, windows are open, everything else. Why are they not boarded up or nothing.
Why are they not torn down?”