Security guard identified as victim of deadly shooting at South Bend parking garage

Published: Mar. 6, 2023 at 1:32 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The man who was shot and killed in a downtown South Bend parking garage late Sunday night was working security, according to police.

Officers were called just after 11:20 p.m. to the Wayne Street parking garage in the 100 block of E. Wayne Street to investigate a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man, identified as 62-year-old Robert Pulliam, Jr., suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Pulliam was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been notified.

According to the South Bend Police Department, Pulliam was working for a security company contracted by the City of South Bend when he noticed a suspicious person and suspicious activity in the parking garage. Police say the two had an encounter that ultimately led to Pulliam being shot.

In a written statement issued on Monday afternoon, South Bend Mayor James Mueller called it a senseless loss of life that reminds us of the dangers faced by those who keep us safe. Mueller went on to express his gratitude for Pulliam’s service, and he called upon the community to join together to stop gun violence. The statement can be read in its entirety below:

Pulliam’s autopsy is set for Tuesday morning in Kalamazoo.

The South Bend Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is handling this homicide investigation. If you have any information, please call the South Bend Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 574-235-9263 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

In the meantime, the Wayne Street parking garage remains temporarily closed. Officials say it will likely stay closed for the remainder of the day, even though the scene is now clear.

If you normally park in the Wayne Street garage, officials ask you to park instead in the Century Center parking lot.

Stay with 16 News Now on-air and online as we continue to follow this developing story.

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