Police shooting in South Bend ruled justified

An officer-involved shooting outside a South Bend eatery earlier this week has been ruled justified.

It happened Tuesday in a parking lot on the southwest corner of Western and Mayflower, near the Top Notch Restaurant.

South Bend Police fired shots at a car trying to escape from undercover officers during a drug bust.

Investigators say Walter Wilbourn, 34, of Indianapolis got into a black sedan and started ramming police cars, before driving towards officers on foot.

When the officers believed they were in danger, at least one fired shots at his car.

No one was injured, but the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office ruled Thursday that the officers' use of deadly force was justified.

Wilbourn meantime has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of battery with a deadly weapon, as well as other drug-related charges.

He's being held on $1 million bond.


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