Police file

ELKHART — A suspect who died in a crash Sunday morning after leading Elkhart Police on a car chase through the city has been named by the Elkhart County Prosecutors Office.

The deceased was Michael Mattox, 31. 

According to the Prosecutors Office, his most recent address was in Elkhart.

At 4:55 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a 911 call in the 2200 block of Morehouse Avenue, where the caller had reported a female screaming, police said.

When officers arrived, they were advised that the suspect was fleeing in an SUV. Officers chased the vehicle, which disregarded the railroad crossing arms at Main Street and Middlebury Street and then collided with a parked car and a landscape planter and struck the post office, police said.

Mattox was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to police.

The case is being investigated by the Elkhart County Homicide Unit. 

The Elkhart County Prosecutors Office said Tuesday morning that the incident began as a domestic battery/strangulation case, and that the victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries. 

According to the Prosecutors Office, the SUV that Mattox fled in belonged to the victim. 

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