GOSHEN — A Goshen police officer has been arrested and two other officers, one from Goshen and one from Elkhart, are being investigated after a traffic stop early today.
The Goshen Police Department reported that at 1:43 a.m. Goshen officer Jonathan McKalips stopped a vehicle in the 2300 block of Elkhart Road after hearing what he thought might be gunshots.
Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Sean Holmes, whose department was asked by Goshen Police Department to investigate the incident, stated in a press release that three off-duty police officers were inside the car. Two of the officers were from the Goshen Police Department and one was from the Elkhart Police Department.
McKalips then arrested the driver, Goshen police officer Brody L. Brown, 24, of Elkhart, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
McKalips’ report of the incident states a breath test at the scene recorded Brown’s blood alcohol content as being .117 percent.
Brown was taken to the Elkhart County Jail.
“Circumstances leading up to the traffic stop warranted further investigation and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department was contacted to conduct that investigation,” the news release stated.
Brown, and the unnamed GPD officer who was a passenger have been placed on administrative leave pending the findings of the sheriff’s department investigation. Elkhart police spokesman Lt. Travis Snider stated in a press release that Elkhart Police Cpl. Leonard Dolshenko was a passenger in the car and has also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Holmes said, "The investigation is in the early stages and we will not be able to provide any further information at this time, including the names of the officers. This is consistent with our protocols concerning criminal investigations, where all potential suspects and/or witnesses' names are not released. We fully expect to provide an update early next week."
Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman praised officer McKalip’s professionalism in making the arrest of his fellow officer.
“The arresting officer, Jonathan McKalips, was placed in a tough situation,” the mayor said in a news release. “He showed great integrity in doing his job and making the arrest. My administration and the Goshen Police Department will be following the progress of this investigation closely.”
The mayor indicated police Chief Jose Miller and Assistant Chief Shawn Turner notified him of the situation and he agreed with them that another police agency should investigate the circumstances around the traffic stop.
“I want the community of Goshen to know that both Chief Miller and I take this situation very seriously,” the mayor stated in his release. “Goshen expects the highest level of integrity from our officers. While I am very disappointed with the choices made by the two Goshen off-duty officers, I am proud of the Goshen Police Department for initiating the actions being taken to deal with this situation.”