Elkhart to honor police who stopped shootings

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) – The city of Elkhart plans to honor two police officers and a dispatcher for their roles in ending a January supermarket attack by a gunman who killed two people.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore plans to give plaques Sunday to Officers Cody Skipper and Jason Tripp and dispatcher Justin Yoder. Tripp and Skipper were the first officers on the scene of the shootings and confronted 22-year-old Shawn Bair as he threatened to shoot a store manager.

A coroner was unable to determine whether Bair died from a gunshot to his heart by police or a self-inflicted head wound because they occurred nearly simultaneously.

Moore says the plaques are from the people of Elkhart, saying the three deserve to be recognized for their service. The General Assembly previously honored Skipper and Tripp.

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