Victim of Elkhart police-action shooting had been shot twice before

The victim of an officer-involved shooting Sunday, Sept. 1 had been shot twice before in Elkhart County.
Posted on Sept. 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 3, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

ELKHART — The victim of an officer-involved shooting Sunday, Sept. 1, had a criminal history and had been shot twice before in Elkhart County.

Jaime I. Benavidez, 27, was shot and killed by Elkhart police officers Sunday after he pointed a gun at them in the 300 block of West Lusher Avenue, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police.

Benavidez had been a shooting victim in 2008 and 2012 in Elkhart, according to police and news reports.

On Dec. 18, 2008, police responded to reports of a shooting and identified Benavidez as the victim. Police initially released his name as Jamie Benavidez, but later corrected it.

Benavidez had to go through surgery because the bullet had struck his femoral artery.

At the time, police said they thought the shooting had happened on Stevens Avenue, but most of witnesses were “less than cooperative.”

Police also identified Benavidez as a documented gang member in 2008.

Four years later, on July 16, 2012, officers responded at about 11:15 p.m. to the 1600 block of Sixth Street to reports of a person being shot.

Benavidez, then 26, was identified as the victim of the shooting, and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Benavidez also had a criminal history in Elkhart and Allen counties. He faced charges in Allen County between 2004 and 2012, including theft, resisting law enforcement and residential entry.

In Elkhart County, Benavidez was arrested February 2012 for domestic battery in front of a child and strangulation. He pleaded guilty in September to domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to court files, Benavidez had a bench warrant out of Elkhart County for a violation of probation on the domestic battery case.

On Sunday, police officers went to the 300 block of West Hubbard Avenue to reports of a burglary around 2 p.m. They chased two individuals south from Hubbard Avenue and arrested a 14-year-old boy near 312 W. Lusher Ave.

Benavidez continued running until he reached 328 W. Lusher Ave., where the pursuit ended in the fatal shooting. Three Elkhart Police veterans — Cpl. Bruce Anglemyer, Cpl. James Ballard and Sgt. Karl Miller — were involved, according to the Elkhart Police Department.

The Indiana State Police is conducting the investigation because Elkhart police officers were involved in the shooting.

Benavidez was taken to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Elkhart Police Department will not comment on the any cases involving Benavidez because of the ongoing investigation on the Sunday shooting. The police department’s internal affairs division will conduct its separate investigation when the Indiana State Police finishes investigating the criminal case.

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