No charges after officer fatally shoots knife-wielding man


A prosecutor says a northern Indiana police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding man was justified in shooting the man.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter says no charges are planned against the South Bend officer who shot and killed 56-year-old Rafael Ramirez.

Police were called Thursday afternoon following reports of a man armed with a knife threatening to kill people inside a small apartment complex. Authorities say three officers went to the scene and were confronted by Ramirez, who had a knife in each hand.

Cotter says officers told Ramirez numerous times to stay back and put down the knives, but he didn’t comply. In an audio recording released by authorities , an officer is heard saying “I’ll shoot you” before Ramirez is heard responding: “Shoot me.”

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