Indiana: Names Of Cops Who Killed Black Man Released

Indiana cops killed 20-year-old Jahad Patterson
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ELKHART, INDIANA — The two Elkhart police officers who shot and killed a Black man during an encounter on West Hively Avenue early Wednesday have been identified, along with the deceased individual.

In a press release issued Thursday afternoon, the Elkhart Police Department identified the man who was killed as 20-year-old Jahad Patterson, of Elkhart. Police say Patterson, who is Black, was attempting to break into a liquor store on Hively Avenue when police responded to the area.

Police “engaged" Patterson in the parking lot of a nearby strip mall, where they shot and killed him. Police say Patterson had a gun in his possession at the time, though it is unclear if he used it or pointed it at police.

The two officers who fired their weapons during the counter are Sgt. Benjimin Martin and officer Scott Swanson. Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave until the Elkhart County Homicide Unit concludes its investigation into the shooting, the release said.

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