Homicide Stats Down In Elkhart

The summer of 2014 was quieter than usual in Elkhart County, with no homicides and fewer arrests than in past years. The shooting earlier this month of 18-year-old Dre Tarrious Rodgers was the county’s first homicide in more than five months. More recently, the seven Elkhart police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old fugitive Joseph Lee. Six deaths from four incidents have been ruled homicides this year. Two of the deaths were from officer-involved shootings, including the recent incident with Lee and the January shooting of Shawn Bair after he gunned down two women at the Coldwater Crossing Martin’s store. And, yes… Officer-involved shootings are classified as homicides even if the officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing.