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Elkhart Police identify officers involved in Martin's Supermarket shooting

Cpl. Cody Skipper (Courtesy Elkhart Police Department) Cpl. Cody Skipper (Courtesy Elkhart Police Department)
Cpl. Jason Tripp (Courtesy Elkhart Police Department) Cpl. Jason Tripp (Courtesy Elkhart Police Department)

Elkhart City Police have released the names of the two officers involved in the Martin's Supermarket shooting on Wednesday, January 15.

The officers involved in the incident are:

Corporal Cody Skipper # 401 hired December 2008

Corporal Jason Tripp # 407 hired July 2009

Both officers will remain on paid administrative leave until the Elkhart County Prosecutors Office has completed a review of this incident.

I spoke to Sgt. Trent Smith on Friday, asking him about the officers and when they can speak to the media. Smith tells me, "[State Police] are not interviewing the two officers until this weekend. You have to let the body process, and let the mind relax... and these officers definitely need that time. It's up to their department and up to that officer to be interviewed by the media. But the earliest time to interview officers would be late next week."

One common question on everyone's mind is whether or not the shooter, Shawn Bair, fired at the officers while inside the Martin's Supermarket. I asked Sgt. Smith if they had any updates on the investigation. He commented, "People often think that a police officer has to have a gun pointed at them in order for a police officer to shoot back. Police can shoot someone if they feel that person is a threat. It already happened... so at this point I can't tell you if he (the shooter) either did or didn't shoot, or if the gun was pointed at the police officer or not. It's still under investigation. In order to apprehend that person, we can kill them if that's what it comes to. Whether the shooter pointed a gun at the police or whether he fired is still under investigation."

One difficulty State Police are finding is in the security tapes. Smith says some scenes investigators can see clearly, then others are more difficult to observe. He says, "It's difficult to see on the security tapes certain scenes because for some of the video, it's from 2-3 aisles away."

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