St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit identifies officer involved in shooting
SOUTH BEND, Ind. --The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit held a press conference at 5:15 p.m. Monday evening regarding the officer-involved shooting that took place on Sunday morning.
Officials said that the officer involved in the shooting that killed Eric Logan was Sgt. Ryan O'Neill.
Shortly before 3:30 a.m., dispatch received a call regarding a suspicious individual allegedly going through cars. The South Bend Police Department was then dispatched to the area.
Sgt. O'Neill responded to the call and engaged Logan, who was partially in a vehicle in the Central High School Apartments parking lot.
Logan then allegedly exited the vehicle and approached the officer with a knife raised.
Sgt. O'Neill told Logan to drop the knife and Logan allegedly did not follow orders.
The officer reportedly discharged his service weapon, striking Logan.
Logan was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He was later pronounced deceased.
At the press conference, officials said that the officer's body camera was not activated.
“Officer O’Neill’s body camera was not activated when this occurred. We are receiving the MVR’s from the officers when they arrived afterwards, but we do not have the video of the incident itself," St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor, Ken Cotter said.
An officer body cam or squad car's cam is only activated if:
- the officer turns it on manually
- the officer hits a certain high rate of speed
- the officer’s overhead lights are on if he/she opens his/her squad car door
CMHU is working to collect DNA evidence from the scene.