South Bend Police Department Press Release

Sunday, March 25, 2007

 

Officer Shot on City's South Side

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At 8:25PM, South Bend Police officers called out a shots-fired incident in which an officer and suspect had both been wounded by gunfire.

Two South Bend Police Department patrol officers were in the 4300 block of South Main Street on the City's south side. The officers were assigned to a "Directed Patrol"; checking for trespassers at the specific request of neighbors in the area. This is reportedly an ongoing problem in this neighborhood and the specific reason officers were directed to that area for targeted enforcement.

While checking on a residence, officers were confronted by a single male suspect and when the officers attempted to investigate further, the suspect reportedly drew a weapon and began firing shots at them. One of the officers, Corporal Kelly Waite, a four (4) year veteran of the South Bend Police Department, was struck in the head by one of the assailant's rounds. Officers were able to return fire and the suspect was struck at least once by the officer's rounds. The second officer, Corporal Charles Rothy, a seven (7) year veteran, escaped injury in this incident.

At this time, both the officer and suspect are being treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (MHU) was called in to investigate this incident as is standard procedure with all police action shootings. MHU investigators are interviewing witnesses at this time and will confer with prosecutors with regard to charges against the suspect in this case.

Any persons with additional information concerning this incident are asked to call the MHU at 574.235.5009, or Crime Stoppers at 574.288.STOP.





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