Officials with the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday that the Sept. 1 police shooting of Elkhart resident Jaime Benavidez did not violate Indiana law.
According to the release, officers with the Elkhart Police Department were called to the 300 block of West Hubbard Avenue at 2 p.m. to investigate reports of a burglary. Upon arriving at the scene, police reportedly chased Benavidez, 27, and a 14-year-old boy south from Hubbard Avenue. The teen was arrested without incident, however Benavidez reportedly continued running to 328 Lusher Ave., where he was shot by police after pointing a gun at the responding officers. Benavidez was then transported to Elkhart General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three officers participated in the Benavidez police-action shooting: Sgt. Karl Miller, Cpl. Bruce Anglemeyer and Cpl. James Ballard.
According to the release, the case has been reviewed by Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Hill and found to document evidence that Benavidez did possess a handgun, which he utilized in a threatening manner toward police; he was substantially under the influence of a controlled substance and alcohol at the time of his actions; and he threatened the safety and security of the citizens of Elkhart, which directly precipitated his death. As such, the release noted the officers used reasonable force under the circumstances and therefore did not violate Indiana law.
Help sought in catching thief
Elkhart police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two females suspected of stealing a purse from an Elkhart Subway restaurant earlier this month. According to police, a female customer went into Subway, 175 C.R. 6 West, Elkhart, at approximately 7:18 p.m. Oct. 16, and purchased food items. Upon leaving, she reportedly left her purse containing numerous credit cards, personal information and a large amount of cash. At 7:33 p.m., security video from Subway and Walmart show two females stealing the purse and walking out of the building. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Detective S. Mock at 574-389-4732.