Indiana police officer addresses fatal shooting in statement

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot a black man in the Indiana city where Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) is mayor says he and his family never expected to be “thrown into the middle of a Presidential campaign.”

South Bend Sgt. Ryan O’Neill remains on paid administrative leave following the fatal shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan . Police have said Logan was armed with a knife when O’Neill shot him as he approached the officer.

The June 16 shooting prompted Buttigieg, who’s seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, to leave the campaign trail for several days to answer questions about public safety and race .

In a statement tweeted Wednesday by South Bend’s police union, O’Neill says that “Being thrown into the middle of a Presidential campaign was something we never anticipated.”

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