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Ind. Man Shot After Ramming Two Squad Cars

May 14, 2012  | 

South Bend (Ind.) Police officers shot a career criminal who had rammed two squad cars after a vehicle pursuit on Saturday.

The incident began as a traffic stop in the 1600 block of South Bend Avenue just before 5 p.m. Saturday. About eight minutes into the stop, Joseph Stambaugh, 37, fled and officers pursued him. Officers were forced to fire on him after he smashed head-on into a squad car near Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy and started trying to ram others, reports the South Bend Tribune. He was shot seven times.

Jeremy Stambaugh, the suspect's older brother, criticized officers for using what he said was excessive force.

"If he pulled a gun and started firing – yeah, that warrants being shot to death," Jeremy told WSBT. "If you killed somebody and someone saw you do it – yeah, that warrants you be put to death. Running from somebody? No, I don't see where that warrants it."

Stambaugh had been released from prison about a year ago and has a lengthy criminal history of drug and traffic violations. He was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Tags: Vehicle Pursuits, Police Vehicle Accidents, South Bend (Ind.) PD


Comments (4)

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Doug M. @ 5/14/2012 4:14 PM

Anyone who does not think trying to run into someone in a car is not deadly force, is probably too stupid to understand this, but maybe if I drove at them they would change their mind. Whether they would change their mind before it was changed to mush is an open question. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

M.R. @ 5/17/2012 3:46 PM

The press shouldn't of even put the brothers statement in the paper. He wasn't there and his opinion DOESN'T matter. Thankfully the officer weren't killed during James Stamaugh's reckless behavior.

Bob@Az. @ 5/30/2012 9:06 PM

See guys, they should have waited 'til he killed one of the Officers AND then shot him! Looks like the smart genes skipped this family altogether. Glad the Officers went home safe. One more pos off the streets.

brook @ 6/29/2013 10:00 PM

ok you guys this is rediculess you guys dont even no him so you have no right to say any of this at all. M.R. you need to shut the hell up because you werent there ether and the brother has a right to give him opinion thhat is his brother and by the way next tme you want to talk crap about my dad make sure you at least get his name right (joseph stambaugh not james stambaugh) and Doug M. he didn't into that car they ran into him and there is even wittnesses that say that as well. Bob@Az. shut the hell up that is my family you are talking about and i'm sure you wouldn't want me talking crap about your famiy

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