2 dead after shooting escalates into SWAT standoff in South Bend

Police: shooting now being investigated as murder-suicide
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 9:23 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 10:50 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A shooting Thursday night that evolved into a response from the South Bend Police Department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators is now being investigated as a murder-suicide.

South Bend Police were called around 7:30 p.m. to the 6400 block of Armstrong Drive on the report of an assault and possible shooting.


When they arrived, they found a 66-year-old woman, identified as Catherine Cleveland, outside of the home suffering from a gunshot wound. Catjerine was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

As officers were responding to the scene, a 67-year-old man, identified as Alfred Cleveland, barricaded himself inside the home. The South Bend Police Department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators were then called in to assist.

After several hours, police say Alfred stopped communicating with crisis negotiators, leading officers to believe he may have harmed himself inside the home.

The SWAT Team used a chemical agent to make entry into the home, where officers found Alfred suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say no one else was hurt. The autopsies for Catherine and Alfred Cleveland are pending.

This marks the second murder-suicide the city has seen in less than a week.

Update (10:50 p.m.): According to the South Bend Police Department, the situation has been resolved. It is unclear at this time if the suspect is in custody.

Update (9:55 p.m.): Authorities on scene confirm with 16 News Now that the shooting occurred in the 6400 block of Armstrong Drive in the Lafayette Falls neighborhood. An armed individual has barricaded himself inside a house and crisis negotiators are working.

Update (9:28 p.m.): The South Bend Police Department confirms that one person has been shot. The victim has been transported to the hospital.

Their condition is unclear at this time.

Crisis negotiators and SWAT are active on scene.

Original (9:23 p.m.): The South Bend Police Department confirms that they are responding to an armed disturbance in the Lafayette Falls neighborhood, just off of the US-31 bypass.

Authorities responded to reports of a shooting around 7:30 p.m. on Armstrong Drive Thursday evening.

The SWAT team has been notified. Residents are advised to stay inside.

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