Martin's Super Market shooting press conference to be held Thursday
ELKHART — More details about the Martin's Super Market shootings could be released tomorrow morning.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill will hold a press conference regarding police involvement in the incident at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at the prosecutor's office.
Curtis will make a statement, followed by a time for questions, according to a news release from his office.
The Indiana State Police forwarded its investigation into the Jan. 15 shooting to Hill's office for review March 6.
It is the Elkhart Police Department's policy to hand over any investigations of officer-involved shootings to the state police.
After the prosecutor reviews the case and any criminal proceedings have concluded, the Elkhart Police Department will conduct an internal affairs investigation.
According to state police, 20-year-old Shawn Bair entered the store on 3900 E. Bristol St. at about 9:30 p.m. Jan. 15. He walked around for about half an hour before shooting and killing 20-year-old Martin's employee Krystle Dikes and 44-year-old shopper Rachelle Godfread.
The Elkhart City 911 Dispatch Center received the first 911 call at 10:07 p.m. Elkhart police officers Cpl. Cody Skipper and Cpl. Jason Tripp, who were on an unrelated call nearby, responded within three minutes.
When they arrived, the officers found Bair holding a store manager hostage. The manager escaped when Bair was distracted by the arrival of the officers and Bair ran away down an aisle.
The officers shot and killed Bair a short time later, according to the state police.