South Bend man arrested, charged in deadly shooting of Christopher Yakim

Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 5:22 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A South Bend man has been charged in connection with a deadly shooting in the city Wednesday night.

South Bend Police were called around 9 p.m. to the 2100 block of S. Michigan Street on a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a man, identified as 37-year-old Christopher Yakim, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Yakim was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

On Friday, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Jerrod Rakeem Sanders, 32, was charged with murder for the death of Christopher Yakim, 37. Sanders was arrested in Berrien County and will eventually be brought back to Indiana.

The sentencing range for murder is 45 to 65 years. The sentencing range for a firearm enhancement is 5 to 20 years.

Jerrod Sanders
Jerrod Sanders(Berrien County Sheriff’s Department)

According to the probable cause affidavit, the shooting stemmed from a dispute Wednesday night between Yakim and his girlfriend at a gas station. She then called Sanders for a ride back to her apartment, where she lived with Yakim.

Investigators say after arguing with sanders outside the apartment, Yakim walked away and closed the door to his apartment. Sanders then reportedly fired three shots into the door and fled in his car.

The probable cause affidavit has been enclosed below:

(St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office)

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