ELKHART— The dispatcher who handled communications and the first two police officers who responded the night of Jan. 15 to a shooting at a Martin's Super Market on the northeast side of Elkhart will be honored by Mayor Dick Moore on Sunday, May 4.
The mayor will hand plaques to Elkhart Police officers Cody Skipper and Jason Tripp, as well as dispatcher Justin Yoder as a form of gratitude for their service to the community.
The presentation will be at 3 p.m. at the Lerner Theatre and is open to the public.
Moore said the idea of honoring the officers came to him about 10 minutes after he heard of the incident, but it is the city's policy to wait for the investigation to be completed before planning any ceremonies like the one that will take place Sunday.
"This is a presentation basically from the people of Elkhart," he said. "As their representative I want to make sure that these officers and this dispatcher are recognized."
Skipper and Tripp responded to calls of a shooting at the supermarket and they arrived at the scene within three minutes.
The two officers chased after 22-year-old gunman Shawn Bair, who was found pointing a gun at the store manager. As Bair raised his gun the officers shot in his direction, hitting him in the heart.
Bair shot and killed Krystle Dikes, 20, and Rachelle Godfread, 44, before officers arrived at the scene.
Moore praised the officers for their preparedness during a press conference Jan. 16, a day after the shooting.
Now, Moore said, the city will have the opportunity to thank the first responders for their actions.
"It's something very deserving for what they did in those few minutes that evening, and it's worthy of our recognizing the service they provided."
Skipper and Tripp have received recognition from other entities in the last few months, including the Elkhart Rotary Club, the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office and the Indiana General Assembly.