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One dead in police shooting

One person is dead in Lusher Avenue shooting involving Elkhart police officer.

Posted on Sept. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 1, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

ELKHART — Indiana State Police are investigating an officer-related shooting that resulted in a man’s death Sunday, Sept. 1.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, officers from the Elkhart Police Department responded to the 300 block of West Hubbard Avenue to reports of a burglary.

Officers were dispatched at about 2:09 p.m., according to a dispatcher at the Elkhart Communications Center.

Police chased two individuals south from Hubbard Avenue, arresting one without incident.

Another suspect continued running to 328 Lusher Ave., where he was shot by police after the man pointed a gun at the officers, according to the press release.

The man was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Ed Windbigler, chief investigator for the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

As of Sunday night, detectives from the Indiana State Police continued collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.

As part of the Elkhart Police Department’s protocol, an outside agency must be called in to complete the investigation if an officer is involved in a shooting.

Crowds of neighbors and customers from nearby stores stood just outside the taped-off area while investigators worked.

Police taped off most of the 300 block of West Lusher Avenue and the houses on the north side of the street, including the alley behind those houses.

The name of the victim of the shooting will be released in the next 24 hours, according to the press release.

The names of the officers involved in the shooting will be released in the next 48 hours by the Elkhart Police Department.


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