Slain man’s family claims illegal force by Elkhart officers

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The family of a northern Indiana man killed in a shooting that involved police officers has filed a federal lawsuit claiming they used excessive force in the confrontation.

The federal lawsuit claims the two Elkhart officers fatally shot 29-year-old Norman Gary about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 4 without justification.

Police have said the officers ran toward the sound of gunfire and fired shots toward a car that Gary was driving. A woman in the car and two others nearby were wounded. Authorities haven’t said who fired the deadly shots.

Gary family attorney Scott Benkie says there’s no evidence the officers had reason to fear for their lives.

Elkhart police spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder said he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit while the shooting remains under investigation by state police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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