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September 26, 2011

UPDATE: Police release name of man shot dead during chase

GOSHEN — A man who reportedly fled from police after a traffic stop was fatally shot in Goshen by an officer around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to Indiana State Police.

State Police have identified the man as Melvin Bledsoe III, 47, of Goshen. Police said he died from a single gunshot fired by a Goshen police officer. The officer's name has not been released.

Detectives with the state police are still investigating the incident, which started with a traffic stop near Ind. 15 and C.R. 40. Initial reports indicate an officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department stopped the driver of a Ford pickup truck for a traffic infraction. As the deputy walked up to the pickup truck, the driver accelerated in an apparent attempt to flee. The deputy pursued the truck for several minutes and was eventually assisted by officers from the Goshen Police Department as the pursuit entered Goshen.

The pursuit ended after approximately 10 minutes.

Elkhart County police stated in a report that on Lincoln Avenue, in the parking lot of Faubian Plumbing, the truck Bledsoe was driving rammed an Elkhart County patrol car and a Goshen patrol car.

The suspect then crashed his truck into Faubian Plumbing at 713 E. Lincoln in Goshen, and according to Elkhart County police, began to accelerate. The business sustained damage to a garage door and wall.

Sheriff's officers reported that officers approached the truck and the driver was shot by police.

No police officers or other parties were injured in the incident.

As is routine, the state police are investigating the circumstance around the police action shooting. At this time the names of the parties involved as well as the department involved in the shooting are being withheld. Information will be released as it becomes available.


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