Eugene Sims Jr., the man who was shot after South Bend police say he threatened them with a rifle on Monday, has been charged with five counts relating to that incident. A spokesperson for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office also says the actions of the officers on that day have been ruled justifiable.
On Monday police say Sims drove off after a witness at the scene of a car arson on Monroe Circle pointed him out as a possible suspect. The vehicle pursuit ended up on LaPorte Avenue, where police say Sims pulled out a rifle and pointed it at police. The officers shot him in the arm.
Sims was treated for the gunshot wound and booked into St. Joseph County Jail. On Tuesday he was charged with serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, a Class B felony; resisting law enforcement, a Class D felony; and three counts of pointing a firearm, a Class D felony.
If convicted, a Class B felony could mean 6 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. A Class D felony means 6 months to 3 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
As is standard procedure with all officer-involved shootings, an investigation was carried out. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit ruled the use of force by the officers appropriate under the circumstances.