Grand jury to convene to review Elkhart police-action shooting

A grand jury will convene Monday to review the investigation on an officer-involved shooting in Elkhart.
Posted on Feb. 25, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

GOSHEN — A grand jury will convene Monday, Jan. 27, to review an investigation that spawned from a police-action shooting Nov. 10, 2013.

The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office announced Jan. 8 that the grand jury would review the fatal shooting of Christopher Ryckeart, 31.

The three officers involved in the shooting, — Cpl. Jason Ray, Patrolman Jason Gruber and Patrolman Daniel Mayer — have been on paid administrative leave since the incident.

According to initial reports, Ryckeart led the Elkhart Police Department on a chase that took them into Michigan and back to Elkhart.

Officers had attempted to stop a blue and gray 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck Ryckeart was driving. The truck was reported stolen.

The chase started at about 8 p.m. and lasted more than 40 minutes. It ended in the area of Marion and Fourth streets. According to initial reports, Ryckeart was backing his truck into the path of officers as they attempted to place him in custody after a vehicle pursuit.

No officers were injured, but Ray, Gruber and Mayer fired their guns at Ryckeart.

Following standard procedure, Elkhart police asked the Indiana State Police to investigate the shooting.

Ryckeart had been arrested in Elkhart numerous times on preliminary charges that included burglary, auto theft and possession of a firearm without a permit.

He was arrested Aug. 10 and charged with robbery. His case was pending in Elkhart Circuit Court.

During the hearing Monday, a prosecuting attorney will present evidence gathered in the investigation. The grand jury will recommend if any further action should be taken. The hearing, which will start at 8:30 a.m., is closed to the public.

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