Man arrested after shooting death of Christopher Yakim in South Bend

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A man has been arrested on charges of murder with a firearm enhancement after the death of another man in South Bend.

The shooting happened late Wednesday night, Sep. 28, after Christopher Yakim got into an argument with his girlfriend.

She called the suspect, Jerrod Rakeem Sanders, who drove her back to her home in the 2100 block of South Michigan Street. Yakim was there and the two men exchanged words.

According to court documents, Yakim turned his back on Sanders and walked into the home.

Sanders then fired three shots through the door, hitting Yakim, and then took off.

He was arrested in Berrien County on Thursday and was awaiting extradition to Indiana when the weekend began.

He could face up to 85 years in prison if convicted on both charges.

More information from the Probable Cause Affidavit:

Approximately one hour prior to the shooting, while at a gas station, she had a dispute with him.

She then called Jerrod Rakeem Sanders for a ride. Jerrod arrived at her location and drove her back to 2119 S. Michigan St., where she resided with Christopher.

She explained once they arrived at 2119 S. Michigan St., Jerrod pulled out a gun and was
holding it in his hand when he exited his vehicle and confronted Christopher.

At that time, Christopher was on the porch at 2119 S. Michigan St. on the north side of the building.

K.R. explained that Christopher and Jerrod argued, and Christopher turned to walk inside
when Jerrod became angry and told Christopher not to turn his back on him.

Christopher walked inside his apartment and closed the door. K.R. advised that as soon as the door shut, Jerrod fired 3 shots at the door Christopher had just entered.

Jerrod entered his vehicle and fled north on main St. K.R. went to check on victim and found he was shot. Police then arrived.

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