UPDATE: Woman killed in Mishawaka shooting identified as St. Joe Co. corrections officer

Published: Jun. 26, 2022 at 11:56 PM EDT
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UPDATE: Mishawaka Police have identified the victim of Sunday’s shooting as Rhema Harris, 28, of Mishawaka.

Harris was a corrections officer with the St. Joseph County Police Department. According to St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman, she was in the testing process to become a St. Joseph County Police officer.

St. Joseph County Police issued a release that you can read in its entirety below:

Dear St. Joseph County Residents,

It is with great sadness that I announce the tragic passing of St. Joseph County Correctional Officer Rhema Harris, who was killed in yet another senseless act of violence yesterday afternoon in the City of Mishawaka.

The Mishawaka Police Department is continuing to investigate the drive-by shooting which occurred on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at approximately 6:00 pm. As a result of her injury, Rhema was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Rhema Harris was hired as a correctional officer by our department on July 12, 2021. She was assigned to our 3rd detail (midnight) shift in the jail. Rhema was also in the testing process to become a St. Joseph County Police Officer. Rhema proudly served her country in the United States Army. She received a national defense service award, global war on terrorism service medal and an Army service ribbon, before being honorably discharged in 2016.

I ask that everyone please keep Rhema Harris, her family and her correctional officer family in your thoughts and prayers.

ORIGINAL STORY:

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - Police are investigating after a woman was fatally shot in Mishawaka.

Just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1900 block of Milburn Boulevard.

Inside the home, police found the victim, a 28-year-old woman, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her name is being withheld at this time.

Officers told 16 News Now it was a drive-by shooting, with being shots fired at the back of the house from an alleyway.

At least five people, including children, were at the house when the shooting happened.

Assistant Chief Dan Gebo lamented the ongoing violence that is plaguing Michiana.

“This gun violence has to stop in this community. People are getting killed, families are getting ruined. We’re getting tired of it. So I ask that they please stop with the violence,” said Gebo.

No arrests have been made. But police have detained and are questioning at least two persons of interest. Witnesses are also being interviewed.

Investigators said the incident appears to be isolated.

The victim’s autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Mishawaka Police Detective Bureau at 574-258-1684 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

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