An Indiana toddler was shot and killed during a domestic dispute Friday, and an Elkhart police officer shot and killed the suspect minutes later.
Elkhart police were called to the scene at about 10:30 a.m. on reports of a “verbal altercation” between a man and a woman outside a home. Police said the man fired a handgun toward the woman and struck a 2-year-old child, who was killed, the South Bend Tribune reported.
Elkhart Police Chief Kris Seymore said at a press conference that officers were given a description of the suspect and found his vehicle a few minutes later. Then, the saw the suspect in a nearby alley.
A statement from the police department said that police tried to get him to surrender, but “an event, which details are unknown at this time, unfolded.”
“During the event, an officer discharged his weapon striking the suspect and causing his death,” the release said.
Seymore said no officers or bystanders were hurt, and there is body camera footage of the incident that is being reviewed by the Elkhart County Homicident Unit, which is supervised by the county prosecutor’s office. The homicide is conducting the investigation of both shootings, Seymore said, and the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Police have not released the identities of any of the people involved.
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