Suspect killed, officer and K9 shot as manhunt in South Bend comes to an end

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police)

UPDATE: The manhunt for a suspect who shot at police in the northwest part of South Bend has come to an end, but not before an officer was shot, as was a St. Joseph County K9 and the suspect, himself.

The incident started around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the area of Cleveland and Lilac roads when St. Joseph County Police tried to serve a warrant to Rodney Ross, 30, who was wanted in Elkhart County on drug and weapons-related charges. Ross fired, then took off.

A search by land and air got underway in the area and, shortly before 4 p.m., investigators say Ross fired at officers, who returned fire.

The suspect was killed. An officer received a minor injury to the lower leg and was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday evening.

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police)

K9 Luna suffered a gunshot wound to her inner right thigh area. After being shot, she was rushed to Roseland Animal Hospital and stabilized for transport to a 24 hour emergency clinic. Luna was taken to North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in Westville for further treatment early Tuesday evening. The bullet appeared to miss her leg bone, however may have clipped her femoral artery. The bullet was lodged in her leg and she was scheduled for surgery.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY: Officers from multiple agencies are on scene in the area near Cleveland Road and Lilac Road in South Bend after investigators say a man shot at St. Joseph County Police Officers.

(Photo supplied/ABC 57)

It happened around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, as officers were attempting to serve a warrant and the suspect allegedly shot at them.

The suspect, Rodney Ross, 30, took off on foot. Officers shut down Cleveland Road from Portage Road to Riverside and Lilac Road from Darden Road to Cleveland Road.

Sheriff Bill Redman asked for residents to stay in their homes while they conducted a widespread search.

Ross was described as a white male with balding hair, wearing a sweatshirt, blue jeans and orange tennis shoes.

He was wanted on an out-of-county warrant on drug possession and weapons possession without a warrant.

As of 1:30 p.m. the search for the Ross continued with the aid of a police K9, drones and an Indiana State Police chopper.


  1. “Ross was described as a white male with balding hair, wearing a sweatshirt, blue jeans and orange tennis shoes.”

    Bad day for the bright orange shoes, I’d say.


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