CMHU investigating shots fired, suspect taken into custody

Burger King at Ireland Road and Miami Street 

Burger King at Ireland Road and Miami Street courtesy Tony Eldridge

Police blocking off Marian High School

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The South Bend Police Department responded to a call of a reckless driver Friday just after 1 p.m. What started as a potential traffic stop would end in a police chase that caused the lockdown of two schools and a convent.

The call to dispatch originally stated the driver was on Miami Road driving north toward Ireland Road, and had almost hist another vehicle head-on.

While police were on their way, dispatch ran the plates of the vehicle and found that it was reported stolen.

The vehicle was found in the drive-thru lane at Burger King on Ireland and police attempted to block it in.

According to camera footage from vehicle cameras and body cams, police repeatedly ordered the suspect to turn off the vehicle and unlock the doors.

The suspect put the vehicle in reverse, struck a police car and almost hit a bystander’s car.

A dumpster was struck at the end of the drive-thru lane, prompting the passenger to jump out before the vehicle fled the scene.

According to officials, police fired at the vehicle which prompted the County Metro Homicide Unit to be activated and investigate. One bullet was fired, which struck the driver’s window but not the suspect.

Police pursued the suspect with the chase ending at the baseball field at Marion High School on Dragoon Trail.

The suspect drove through approximately 20 to 30 feet of chained link fence, left the vehicle and fled on foot.

Due to the chase ending on school grounds, Marion High School, La Salle Elementary, and the Sisters of Saint Francis Health Convent all went on lockdown.

The suspect was later found hiding in a dumpster behind the school around 3 p.m. and arrested.

Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Devin M. Rios of South Bend.

Rios is being held on three unrelated felony warrants, a misdemeanor warrant, and a preliminary charge of resisting by use of a vehicle.

No one was injured and no other suspects are being looked for.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit at 574-235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

Marian High School and La Salle Elementary have lifted the lockdowns.

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