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Martin's shooting investigation to be sent to Elkhart County prosecutor

The Indiana State Police expects to forward their investigation to the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office.

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

ELKHART — The Indiana State Police plans to hand over its investigation on the Martin's Super Market shootings to the Elkhart County Prosecutor's office Thursday, March 6.

ISP Detective Chad Sherwood said he expects the investigation to be turned over Thursday morning but was unable to comment on the case.

The investigation, which spawned from the fatal Jan. 15 shootings inside the super market, took police about two months to complete. 

According to initial reports, Shawn Bair, 22, walked from his home to the Martin's Super Market at 3900 E. Bristol St., and walked around the store for about a half hour before firing shots. 

Trent Smith, public information officer with the state police, said during a press conference the day after the incident that Bair walked into the super market at about 9:30 p.m. wearing an overcoat.

At about 10:05 p.m., Bair shot and killed 20-year-old Krystle Dikes, an employee at the super market, before fatally shooting Rachelle Godfread, 44, who was shopping. 

Two officers from the Elkhart Police Department who responded to the scene killed Bair, who was said to be holding the store manager hostage. 

Following protocol, the police department called state police to complete the investigation. After its completion, the investigation is sent to the prosecutor's office, where the prosecutor will decide whether to convene a grand jury. 

The two officers involved in the shooting, Cpl. Jason Tripp and Cpl. Cody Skipper, are on paid administrative leave until the prosecutor's office and the Elkhart Police Department review the investigation. 

Following the prosecutor's review of the case, the investigation will be sent to the Elkhart Police Department, where the office of internal affairs will review the file.




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