Prosecutor reviewing fatal Elkhart police shooting

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana prosecutor is reviewing whether police officers acted properly when they fatally shot a man who they say raised a gun toward them while he was trying to flee.

State police investigators submitted their report this week to the Elkhart County prosecutor’s office about the September shooting that involved seven Elkhart city officers, The Elkhart Truth reported.

The shooting at an apartment complex killed 32-year-old Joseph Lee of Goshen. Officers were trying to arrest Lee on charges that he wounded a 16-year-old relative of his ex-girlfriend in a shooting a few days earlier outside a Mishawaka pizza shop.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill will review the state police investigation and decide in the next couple weeks whether to present the case to a grand jury, said Ed Windbigler, the prosecutor’s chief investigator.

“If they go to a grand jury, it doesn’t mean (Hill) thinks anyone’s guilty,” Windbigler said. “It just means he wants an outside decision.”

The seven Elkhart officers remain on paid administrative leave under standard department procedure, according to Detective Mike Sigsbee.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Lee on felony charges for the shooting of the teenager. His ex-girlfriend’s family had reported to police that Lee tried the previous day to abduct her 9-year-old daughter outside a South Bend school and called a relative admitting he set a fire that destroyed her mother-in-law’s car and garage.

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