South Bend Stand-Off Update
South Bend police officers who were responding to a shooting ended up involved in a standoff. Officials say police were called to the 6400 block of Armstrong Drive at about 7:30 last night to investigate an assault and possible shooting.
When they arrived, officers located a female victim suffering from gunshot injuries. The woman, whom police have identified as 66-year-old Catherine Cleveland, was transported to the hospital where she died.
As police were responding to the scene, they learned they learned that a man had barricaded himself inside the home. The South Bend Police Department SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene to assist. Officials say after the man stopped communicating with negotiators, police used what was described as a chemical agent to make entry into the house, at which time the standoff ended.
Police say they located the male suspect inside the home, who had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He has been identified as 67-year-old Alfred Cleveland.
Autopsies for both Catherine and Alfred Cleveland are pending.