UPDATE: Police pursuit ends in gunfire in South Bend early Wednesday

South Bend, Ind. South Bend police officers returned fire Wednesday morning after the driver of a stolen truck allegedly shot at them.

Carla Merriweather, 24, has been identified as the suspect in
custody for the alleged police pursuit that ended early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the U.S. Postal Service on Main Street near Chippewa.

Around 3:00 a.m., officers gave pursuit in regards to a stolen truck being driven by a female suspect, later identified as Carla Merriweather.

As she was fleeing, Merriweather allegedly fired shots at the officers giving pursuit. During the pursuit, at least one police officer also allegedly returned fire.

Merriweather was taken into custody for questioning and later booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.

County Metro Homicide was called in to investigate, per protocol, as Merriweather allegedly fired at police officers and at least one police officer allegedly returned fire.

"Obviously at 3:00 in the morning, you have bars letting out and you have a lot of cross traffic going down Main Street," Tim Corbett, Metro Homicide Commander said. "It was certainly a danger to the police officers, the suspect and any citizens riding through there."

After consultation with the federal authorities, a federal criminal complaint was filed against Merriweather Wednesday. Accordingly, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office will not be filing criminal charges against Merriweather in this incident.

"A lot of good work by the street officers," Corbett said. "The job they did containing the scene and containing the pursuit is a very good job."


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