South Bend Officer Resigns

South Bend, IN, Sgt. Ryan O'Neill is currently the subject of a special prosecutor investigation and a civil lawsuit stemming from a fatal OIS in June. South Bend Police confirmed his resignation on Twitter.

The South Bend, IN, police officer involved in the shooting that killed a man and outraged an Indiana community has resigned.

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Sergeant Ryan O'Neill fatally shot 54-year-old Eric Logan on June 16. O'Neill is currently the subject of a special prosecutor investigation and a civil lawsuit, a CBS News Indiana affiliate reported. South Bend Police confirmed the resignation on Twitter, reports CBS.

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According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Logan was holding a knife as he approached an officer responding to a report of someone breaking into cars. O'Neill told authorities he fired his weapon after Logan refused orders to drop the knife. O'Neill was not wearing a body camera.

"Sgt. O'Neill did his job and was forced to defend his own life from a convicted felon who was armed with an eight-inch hunting knife," said Harvey Mills, South Bend Fraternal Order of Police president, in a statement on Monday. "We're confident that the investigation into the shooting will determine that the action he took was justified based on the law and his training; however, job related stress, the lawsuit, national media attention, and hateful things said on social media have been difficult for O'Neill and his young family."

South Bend Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he would reaffirm the South Bend Police Department's policy on body cameras. His office released a statement Monday evening, reaffirming its "efforts to strengthen trust between law enforcement and community members."

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