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Few answers from police on suspect allegedly injured by officer


South Bend Police say they will release more information regarding a man in the hospital after an altercation with police only after their investigation was concluded.  South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman said in a news conference Friday that he could not comment on the condition or investigation into Thomas Stevens and Officer Aaron Knepper.

South Bend Police say Officer Knepper tried to pull Stevens over near the corner of Sunnymede and Twyckenham for a traffic stop Tuesday night.  Police say Stevens kept driving to his home, and when police tried to arrest Stevens he was somehow in the process. Police won't say how.

Commander Tim Corbett of South Bend Metro Homicide says the investigation is ongoing, and it's a shame that Knepper already appears to be convicted by the public. Knepper is currently facing two lawsuits, and has been reprimanded before by the department for using excessive force.

Chief Teachman says Knepper still is on active duty, "If we were to take every complaint made about an officer and take them off the street, it would cripple a police department," said the Chief.

Cmdr. Corbett says the investigation will take as long as it takes for Metro Homicide to gather all the facts.  Kenneth Cotter from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office says they are still working with the local hospital, but HIPA laws prevent them from discussing Stevens condition.

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