Neighbors may have encountered suspects

Two residents near the scene of a fatal police shooting Sunday possibly encountered suspects.
Posted on Sept. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 2, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.

ELKHART — Two men possibly had encounters with suspects in a deadly police shooting on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Elkhart police shot and killed one of the suspects in a burglary Sunday afternoon in the 300 block of West Lusher Avenue. Police said the man was shot after he pointed a gun at them following a chase.

Oliver Jaramillo was visiting a friend in the 300 block of West Concord Avenue, just north of the shooting scene. They were standing out in the backyard when they saw a young man attempting to hide behind the fire station on the corner of Lusher and Benham avenues.

Jaramillo said he and his friend saw that the man had a gun in his hand and that he started running in their direction.

“When we saw him running with his gun out we all ran into our friend’s house,” Jaramillo said.

From inside the house Jaramillo saw the man running toward the house next door.

Martin Jimenez, who lives in the 300 block of West Concord Avenue, said he was home talking with a friend sometime after 2 p.m. when a young man in his 20s ran into his house. Jimenez had left his front door open to let some air in.

Jimenez said the man talked to him in Spanish, offering him money and asking if he could stay in the house with Jimenez.

“It all happened too fast, I can’t remember all the details,” he said.

Jimenez said he saw the young man was carrying a gun and at that moment he got up from his seat, prepared for anything.

“I told him he couldn’t be here. I told him to leave,” he said.

The man took off behind Jimenez’s house. Jimenez said minutes later he heard about nine shots.

“I didn’t know him,” he said. “But I do know one thing: He never tried to hurt us. I could see terror in his face.”

Paul Parsons, a neighbor who lives near the scene of the shooting, said officers found some clothes in his backyard. Parsons said he heard officers talking about the clothes before going back to 328 Lusher Ave.

After a while, police took two men in handcuffs out the back side of the residence, and a woman in handcuffs out through the front side, Parsons said.

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