Buttigieg Returns Home After Fatal Police Shooting

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South Bend, In., Mayor Pete Buttigieg returned home from his presidential campaign after a police-involved shooting death in his city. Family members are waiting for answers in the death Sunday morning of Eric Logan, 53, reports the South Bend Tribune. “The incident is not adding up,” said Logan’s brother, Clifford Bonds. “The story they’re giving, everybody in the family knows that’s not him, so that just makes it worse.” Shafonia Logan, 50, the victim’s wife, said police haven’t answered her primary question: Why was her husband taken by police car to a hospital after the shooting rather than by ambulance?

The name of the officer has not been released, but he was placed on administrative leave. At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the officer responded to a call regarding a suspicious person going through cars downtown. The officer found a man partially inside a vehicle in an apartment parking lot. The suspect, later identified as Logan, approached the officer with a knife raised and was shot by the officer, said the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office. Buttigieg and Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski met with family members Sunday night. Buttigieg said, “We’ve had prior cases of use-of-force incidents and officer-involved shootings where I hesitated, frankly, to get in front of cameras because we didn’t know very much … what I learned, what I was told by people in the community is it’s important to open channels of communication.” Ruszkowski said, “The officer involved is sickened by this and so is our entire police department, let alone the entire community.”

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