Prosecutor: Motive Unknown for Deadly Supermarket Shooting

Shawn Walter Bair killed a grocery store employee and a shopper in Elkhart, Ind., in January

A northern Indiana prosecutor has found that two police officers who shot a gunman who had killed a grocery store employee and a shopper were justified in using deadly force.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill Jr. said during a news conference Thursday that authorities don't know a motive for the Jan. 15 attack inside a Martin's Super Market in Elkhart.

Hill says he won't convene a grand jury to review the actions of Elkhart police Cpl. Jason Tripp and Cpl. Cody Skipper. They shot the gunman who was threatening to shoot the store manager when they arrived.

Hill also says the coroner was unable to determine whether Shawn Bair died from a shot to the heart by police or a self-induced head wound since they occurred nearly simultaneously.

Bair's first victim was 20-year-old Krystle Dikes, a Martin's employee who was stocking shelves. Sgt. Trent Smith said surveillance cameras in the store showed Bair shooting her and then walking one aisle over and firing -- but missing -- a customer who ran away. Bair then walked down several aisles and fired "multiple times" at 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread. She died.


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