Elkhart police officers involved in action shooting will remain under administrative leave
ELKHART — Three officers from the Elkhart Police Department who were involved in a police-action shooting on Nov. 10, 2013, will not face charges, but they will remain under paid administrative leave until the police department completes its own investigation.
The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office presented evidence that was collected following the shooting in which Christopher Ryckeart, 31, died.
According to the Indiana State Police investigation, Ryckeart led police on a pursuit from the north side of Elkhart into Michigan and back into Elkhart the night of Nov. 10.
After hearing evidence, the grand jury gave the verdict of "no bill" Monday evening, Jan. 27.
The three officers involved in the shooting, Patrolman Dan Mayer, Cpl. Jason Ray, and Patrolman Jason Gruber, will return to work after the department's internal affairs office reviews the case.
The chase started at about 8 p.m. and ended about 40 minutes later, when the vehicle Ryckeart stopped in the area of Marion and Fourth streets.
According to the investigation, Ryckeart was driving the truck in a way that posed a threat to police officers who had surrounded the vehicle. That's when Mayer, Ray and Gruber fired shots in Ryckeart's direction.
The state police took over the investigation and forwarded it to the prosecutor's office when the investigation was completed.
The officers will be reinstated once the police department completes its internal affairs investigation.