Indiana police have alleged that 48-year-old Michael Jarvis shot and killed a renowned local doctor, 56-year-old Dr. Todd Graham (pictured), as reported by CBS News.
The shooting is alleged to have occurred right in the parking lot outside of St. Joseph Rehabilitation Institute in South Bend, after the pair were seen arguing, according to authorities. Witnesses claim they saw Jarvis shoot the doctor twice in the head, before fleeing the scene, according to South Bend Tribune.
Suspected murderer Jarvis was found dead later in the day. Police have indicated that his death was due to two self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Investigators have also noted that the alleged motive in the murder was the fact that Dr. Graham had refused to prescribe the suspect’s wife another round of addictive opioids.
One day later, the community is trying to make sense of Dr. Todd Graham's horrific murder. https://t.co/w7hXIAHXpm
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St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter spoke to reporters and downplayed the idea that the shooting may be related to our nation’s growing opioid epidemic and, rather, was the choice of one disturbed man.
“Make no mistake, this was a person who made a choice to kill Dr. Graham. This is not a fallout from an opioid epidemic or opioid problems,” he said. “This was a person who made that choice.”
Cotter also praised Dr. Graham for not over-prescribing the addictive and dangerous pain-relief drugs.
“He did what we ask our doctors to do,” he continued. “Don’t over-prescribe opioids.”
The suspect’s wife was not aware of her husband’s actions, according to authorities.
Metro Homicide Commander Tim Corbett expressed relief that the violence didn’t escalate and endanger the patients and staff inside of the medical facility.
“If Jarvis would have gotten inside that building, although there would have been a specific target, it’s like trapping an animal in a corner, they’re going to come out fighting, and I truly believe this could have escalated into a mass shooting,” he said.
Funeral services have been set for Dr. Graham. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Daily Mail has noted that opioid-related overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50 in the United States.
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