Suspect wanted after two-state chase, standoff in South Bend apartment complex

A chase that started in Berrien County turned into a standoff after a suspect crashed his vehicle into a South Bend apartment complex.

Posted on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:21 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — A suspect is still at large after a car chase turned into a two-hour standoff at a South Bend apartment complex.

The St. Joseph Sheriff's Department and South Bend Police Department were called shortly after 11 a.m. on reports of a pursuit out of Berrien County, Mich., heading toward St. Joseph County.

The initial responding agency was Berrien County Sheriff's Department.

Phil Trent, public information officer with the SBPD, said the only information his department received was that the suspect had assaulted a Berrien County officer with a vehicle, and that was what led to the pursuit.

The chase started at a Michigan gas station after the suspect made a drug deal with an undercover officer, reports The Elkhart Truth's news partner WNDU.

Officers from the St. Joseph County sheriff's department chased the suspect south on Portage Road from the state line, until the suspect reached the Indian Springs Apartment Complex in the 2400 block of Portage Road, Matt Blank, public information officer with the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department, said.

The suspect parked in the apartment complex's parking lot. By the time South Bend police arrived, the suspect had already gotten out of the car.

Based on information they got from witnesses, police surrounded the apartment where they thought the suspect was, and remained out there about 2 hours and 15 minutes, Trent said.

When officers reached the apartment, they found it empty. Police remained at the scene to impound the suspect's car following the standoff.

No one was hurt during the pursuit in St. Joseph County or during the standoff at the apartment complex, Trent and Blank said.

Trent said anyone with information relevant to the police investigation can call the Berrien County Sheriff's Department or the South Bend Police Department. They can also leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

Trent said the vehicle will be transferred to the Berrien County Sheriff's Department as that agency continues its investigation.

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