State police still looking into suspect’s death

The investigation into an officer-involved shooting over Labor Day weekend is ongoing, state police say.

Posted on Sept. 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:40 p.m.

ELKHART — The Indiana State Police continue to investigate a weekend shooting involving Elkhart police officers.

Sgt. Trent Smith of the Indiana State Police says the investigation is ongoing.

Jaime Benavidez, 28, was shot and killed by Elkhart police officers on Sunday, Sept. 1, after officers were called to the 300 block of West Hubbard Avenue at 2:09 p.m. Sunday on a reports of a burglary.

Police chased Benavidez and a 14-year-old boy south on Hubbard and arrested the teen without incident.

The 14-year-old was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting arrest and released to a parent.

Smith said that whether the teen will face charges for the incident “is a question for the prosecutor’s office.”

Elkhart Truthreaders have compared the case to that of four teens convicted last month of felony murder after one of their co-conspirators in a home invasion was killed by the homeowner.

Benavidez continued running to 328 W. Lusher Ave., where he was shot by police after he pointed a gun at the officers, according to police.

Elkhart County Coroner John White said he performed an autopsy on Benavidez on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and determined Benavidez died of multiple gunshot wounds.

His death has been ruled a homicide.

The Elkhart Police Department identified the officers involved as three veterans of the department, each with more than a decade of service.

Ed Windbigler, chief investigator for the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s office, said his office has not received the juvenile’s case or the case for the shooting.

It will be at least three weeks before his office receives the case from the shooting because the state police are waiting on a toxicology report on Benavidez and a ballistics report on the bullets recovered at the scene, Windbigler said.

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