Buttigieg leaves campaign trail to deal with fatal police shooting

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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has temporarily left the presidential campaign trail following a fatal, officer-involved shooting in his city.

Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, South Bend police responded to a suspicious person they later said was believed to be going through cars at an apartment complex, NBC affiliate WDNU reported. When an officer engaged with the suspect, 53-year-old Eric Jack Logan, Logan allegedly approached the officer with a knife. The officer then fired his gun at Logan, who was taken to the hospital and soon after pronounced dead. The officer was treated for minor injuries.

At a Sunday night news conference alongside other South Bend administrative leaders, Buttigieg said city officials "will be striving to reach out to community members" and asked for anyone with information to provide it to authorities, CBS affiliate WSBT reported.

Speaking at a separate news conference Sunday, Logan's family said they're waiting for answers.

"The incident is not adding up," Logan's brother, Clifford Bonds, said, according to The South Bend Tribune. “All we can do is wait. He got five kids, a wife, a mother, nieces, nephews, everybody, brothers and sisters, trying to figure out what’s going on. And the story they’re giving, everybody in the family knows that’s not him, so that just makes it worse.” Logan's wife, Shafonia Logan, said she wants to know why her husband was taken to the hospital in a police car instead of an ambulance and if there is body camera footage of the incident.

The incident comes amid already-high tensions in South Bend over policing. Earlier in Buttigieg's term, he demoted the city's first black police chief, Darryl Boykins, who had ordered the taping of phone calls of senior police officers he alleged made racist comments about him. Buttigieg said he demoted Boykins because he failed to disclose to Buttigieg that the FBI was investigating the police chief for inappropriately wiretapping his subordinates. The demotion sparked a wave of criticism from the city's black community.

Buttigieg leaves campaign trail to respond to South Bend fatal police shooting
 
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Why is it so difficult in america to find professionalism in our police? Sure, the guy was going to take on trigger happy police in america with a knife, and there was no other way to handle the situation other than opening fire and shooting to kill.

Sure.

Yet again.
 
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Why is it so difficult in america to find professionalism in our police? Sure, the guy was going to take on trigger happy police in america with a knife, and there was no other way to handle the situation other than opening fire and shooting to kill.

Sure.

Yet again.

So you think an officer should risk his life against someone with a knife? Really.
 

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