Mayor Buttigieg Leaves Campaign Trail to Address Officer Involved Shooting
The South Bend mayor who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for Election 2020 left the campaign trail to address a fatal officer-involved shooting.
WASHINGTON — The Indiana mayor who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination canceled his campaign events to return to his city after a fatal officer-involved shooting occurred.
According to Reuters, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg canceled his Monday campaign events after the fatal officer-involved shooting of 53-year-old Eric Jack Logan on Sunday. The mayor had been scheduled to appear at events in New York.
Buttigieg held a late night news conference Sunday explaining next steps in the investigation of the shooting. The mayor told reporters that he learned from criticism he received after previous use of force incidents and that it was important for leaders to get in front of the cameras even if there’s not much information to give.
Police say Logan approached an officer with a knife, prompting the LEO to shoot him. Logan was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
The unidentified officer is on administrative leave, per policy.
A separate internal affairs investigation at the police department is underway to determine if its policies and procedures were followed.
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