UPDATE: Suspect, officers identified in deadly officer-involved shooting in Elkhart
UPDATE: The Elkhart Police Department has identified the suspect who was shot and killed during an encounter with police Wednesday morning in Elkhart as 20-year-old Jahad Patterson of Elkhart.
The department has also identified the two officers who discharged their firearms during the encounter as Patrolman Scott Swanson and Sergeant Benjimin Martin.
Ptlm. Swanson and Sgt. Martin will be on paid administrative leave from the Elkhart Police Department pending the conclusion of the Homicide Unit’s investigation and the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s review of that investigation.
ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - One male is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Elkhart.
It happened shortly after 5:30 Wednesday morning on W. Hively in front of the Big Lots.
Officers were called to the scene on a report of a male trying to throw a bicycle through the window at the Handy Spot Liquor Store in that area. During an encounter with that male, two officers fired shots and two other officers were witnesses to the incident. The male was pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was found on the male.
A surveillance camera at the Handy Spot Liquor Store captured the suspect. 16 News Now was not allowed to record this video or take any pictures, but we were shown the video. In the video, a black male can be seen punching the front door with both of his fists before picking up his bike and throwing it at the bulletproof glass window.
From a different angle, there appeared to be some specs of blood on the suspect’s light blue jeans before any officers can be seen in the video. You can also see what looks to be the shape of a gun in his front right pocket.
The store owner said off camera that the suspect approached the store twice. The first time, he tried pulling the front door open with his two hands before leaving on his bike. About five minutes later, we’re told the suspect came to do the same thing again, but used his fists and his bike instead. The suspect would eventually leave on his own. The store was closed at the time.
According to police, they say during an encounter with that male, two officers fired shots and two other officers were witnesses to the shooting. The male was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did confirm the suspect was armed and had a gun at the time. However, it’s still unclear if he threatened to use it, fired the gun, or attempted to reach for the gun.
The Homicide Unit is leading the investigation. Per protocol, the officers who fired their service weapons will be on administrative leave.
Police say there are no remaining suspects or any threat to the public at this time.
Officials on scene tell us their officers do wear body cameras and reviewing that footage will be part of the investigation.
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