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April shooting death ruled justifiable homicide

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A shooting death at Donald and Webster Streets in South Bend in April has been ruled a justifiable homicide.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office says the death of David Austin was justified, as several witnesses said Austin approached the shooter, a 72 year-old man, in an aggressive manner and had punched the man.

State law dictates that self-defense has to be disproven, and it could not in this case. The shooter himself called 9-1-1 after the incident.

The investigation into the shooting has been closed.

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