SBPD Violent Crimes Unit Releases New Statistics After Resuming Homicide Investigations

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – The City of South Bend has taken a do-it-yourself approach to investigating homicides.

It’s been nearly five months since the city pulled out of a multi-jurisdictional homicide task force.

Detective Bureau captain says the only homicide case yet to be solved by the South Bend Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force is the latest fatal shooting that occurred nearly ten days ago of Four Winds Field.

“We haven’t worked a homicide case here in the building in 28 years, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t know how to do it,” said SBPD Detective Bureau Captain Jason Biggs.

Since the Violent Crimes Unit assumed responsibility for the city’s homicide investigations on October 15, 2021, it has handled six homicide cases. Captain Biggs says criminal charges have been filed in two of the cases, while prosecutors are reviewing two others for possible charges. One homicide was deemed justified and only the most recent case is considered unsolved.

Since October, the SBPD has also classified five cases of suspicious deaths. “Having a resolution of ten investigations out of 11 that they had, and doing it in a way that they had to, with the spotlight basically on them, they did it carefully, they did it. did so with compassion, and they did so with respect for everyone involved in these incidents,” Capt Biggs said.

Although the mayor said the city does not have enough police personnel to continue assigning officers to the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit, the Violent Crime Unit is content with four teams of approximately six agents who work on call.

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