Elkhart police officers involved in Martin's shooting will return to work
ELKHART — The two Elkhart police officers who shot 22-year-old gunman Shawn Bair at a Martin's Super Market in January will return to work Wednesday, April 9.
Cpl. Jason Tripp and Cpl. Cody Skipper were on paid administrative leave after their initial response to the shootings the night of Jan. 15 at the Martin's Super Market at 3900 E. Bristol St.
Two women, 20-year-old Krystle Dikes and 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread, died when Bair opened fire inside the store.
Tripp and Skipper were the first two officers to respond to the scene, and they fired shots at Bair at the same time Bair raised his handgun and shot himself in the head, according to statements from Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill during a press conference March 27.
Following protocol, the officers were placed on administrative leave during the criminal investigation. After the investigation was cleared, the office of internal affairs would review the investigation to make sure no policy was violated.
Lt. Mike Sigsbee, head of the police department's internal affairs office, said in a statement that the review was completed and no policy or training was violated.
According to the press release, both officers said they do not want to speak with the press or other individuals about the incident.
"The Elkhart Police Department will honor their request to put this incident behind themselves," Sigsbee said in the statement.
The police department commended the officers for their response to the incident.
"Their actions and performance were heroic and exceptional," Sigsbee said in a statement.
Skipper and Tripp were also honored for their response by the Indiana General Assembly on Feb. 26.