Police investigation closed into fatal pursuit

South Bend Police Chief Chuck Hurley is trying to set the record straight on what happened during a pursuit that ended with a man dying nearly two weeks ago.

It happened in the early morning hours of July 22, near the intersection of Miami and Calvert in South Bend.

Police were trying to pull 31-year-old Michael Anderson over because the moped he was driving matched the description of one stolen.

Anderson got off the moped and ran down Calvert as officers shouted at him to stop before firing a taser.

During an autopsy, the coroner found a single mark that suggests one taser probe struck Anderson. But both probes would have to hit him in order for them to be effective.

The coroner also found a plastic bag containing marijuana lodged in Anderson's throat, which cut off his airway and caused his death.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor says that there's no evidence police acted improperly during the chase. But, even so, Anderson's family has hired a private investigator to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

But Hurley says it's a closed case, and there's no need for his department to discuss it further.

“If they have any findings that are real evidence,” says Interim Chief of Police Chuck Hurley. “But I'm not sure that that's the case, and I'm not going to subject one of our officers to answering questions from a private investigator who has little to no knowledge of the facts surrounding this matter.”

Chief Hurley also notes that four witnesses who were on a porch near the scene that night have corroborated his officers' account of what happened.


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