South Bend Cop Cleared In Shooting, Arrested Same Day On Unrelated Charges

Sandy Malone

Former South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O'Neill was cleared in a controversial officer-involved shooting last Friday.

South Bend, IN – A special prosecutor appointed to investigate the shooting death of Eric Logan in South Bend announced last Friday that the police officer was justified in using lethal force and would not face any charges related to the incident.

The controversial incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on June 16, 2019 when South Bend Police Sergeant Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a man breaking into cars at an apartment complex.

Sgt. O’Neill encountered a man whose legs were sticking out of his car and stopped to talk to him and find out if he was the owner of the car.

When Logan stood up, Sgt. O’Neill saw that the man’s hand was bleeding and he had a woman’s purse tucked under his clothing.

Sgt. O’Neill asked Logan about the purse and the six-foot-two-inch suspect raised an eight-inch knife over his head and started moving toward him.

The sergeant backed up and ordered Logan to drop the knife three times, but Logan continued walking toward him until the officer had no more room to retreat.

That’s when Sgt. O’Neill fired his weapon twice – just at the exact moment that Logan threw the knife at him.

Logan was hit once. The FOP said the sergeant sustained minor injuries to his forearm from the knife attack.

After he was shot, Logan remained standing but refused to answer Sgt. O’Neill’s questions as to whether he had been hit, the press release said.

South Bend police transported Logan to the hospital in a police car rather than delaying treatment to wait for an ambulance. He died at the hospital.

In the days that followed the incident, community activists gathered at the South Bend Police Department to protest the incident and marched to the County City Building to demand that city officials fire Sgt. O’Neill, WBND reported.

Despite the fact the investigation was ongoing, Sgt. O’Neill resigned effective immediately on July 15.

The FOP blamed the move on stress, the lawsuit filed by Logan’s family, and national media attention on the shooting that had generated numerous threats against the officer and his family, the South Bend Tribune reported.

The sergeant and his wife have three small children, including a newborn baby.

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed he had received Sgt. O’Neill’s resignation but refused to comment on it, the South Bend Tribune reported.

"There is no disagreement that Sgt. Ryan O'Neill shot and killed Eric Logan," the special prosecutor, Eric Hertel, told reporters at a press conference, ABC News reported.

Hertel’s eight-month investigation resulted in a 25-page report said that since former Officer O'Neill had claimed "both a personal right to self-defense and the legal authority to use deadly force in the performance of his official duties... there is no reasonable likelihood that any potential homicide charged could be substantiated at trial," therefore, criminal prosecution is "not possible."

"Evidence exists supporting two legal justification defenses of the shooting,” the report said. “Following an exhaustive investigation and analysis of the facts and the law, the State concludes that criminal prosecution of Sgt. Ryan O'Neill for the shooting death of Mr. Eric Logan is not possible."

Although the former police officer is in the clear for the shooting death of Logan, he was arrested on unrelated charges that same day Hertel announced the findings of his report, WNDU reported.

Charging documents said O’Neill was accused of paying a woman for sex on May 16, 2019.

The woman claimed the encounter occurred when Sgt. O’Neill was in uniform and driving a South Bend Police Department vehicle, WNDU reported.

O’Neill was arrested and charged with public indecency, official misconduct, and ghost employment.

He was released from custody later that day, WNDU reported.

Comments (43)
Reregirl
Reregirl

I don't believe the accusation. They couldn't arrest him for doing his job so lets throw rape allegations at him. What bullshit.

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ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Convenient timing. Guess when social justice retards can't get their way legally just throw a #metoo in there.

Sgt167
Sgt167

What the hell is going on? This is an obvious attempt to smear the officer and drag him through the legal process. Who the hell accepted that complaint? Total bullshit

yamapfaff
yamapfaff

Hopefully Sgt. O'neill has an attorney it sounds like the two shooting incidents were proper. Also I would like to say that many communities are not supporting their police officers at times like this and only add to the crime picture in their towns. Unfortunately many are making "false race allegations" that only serves to help the suspects and hurt everyone else in the long run.

Saints
Saints

Cops "are always the bad guys"... if they defend themselves or if they "don't do enough" thin line... and even being accused/blamed by their own town, city or state's politicians...,no offense to anyone, but Fuck being a police officer......WHY!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Something stinks here. The accusation was from an incident in May of last year. The shooting occurred in June of last year. He quit the force in July of last year. Yet JUST NOW, EIGHT MONTHS LATER, the former officer is arrested (based on some hooker's sole testimony?) almost a year later, just moments after the prosecutor decides not to press charges? Sounds like a frame up job, designed to discredit the officer and make his life more miserable than it already is.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If he had been charged with murder/manslaughter, I am not sure that his defense atty would let him take the stand in his own defense -- that opens the door to cross-exam, and probably cross-exam on the prostitution issues. And, if couldn't reasonably choose to take the stand, I am not sure how much of a defense he would have had against a murder charge.

I wouldn't be surprised if this was a deal worked out between the police and the prosecutor behind the scenes so that he didn't get completely off, but also didn't set a "precedent" where a policeman went down for murder for shooting somebody while on duty.

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

they lost a good officer I don't believe that lady.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

And what's the former cop's defense? I don't know this person, I have never committed the acts I am accused of.... and the public's response: then prove it!!!

I'd love to see what proof, other than the accusation they have to substantiate this arrest...

Manlius
Manlius

This latest charge appears to be externally motivated (because of no charges for the good shoot) and not from within the prosecutor’s office or the PD. But, since a complaint was made, the aforementioned are obligated to go through the process or face a never ending barrage of corruption accusations from the activist community. Who honestly believes that a hooker is going to come out almost a year after the fact and admit that she broke the law and took money from ANYONE for sex, let alone a cop and face the potential for non-stop scrutiny from the rest of the PD going forward. She would never make another dime in that city. Just so happens to be THIS cop moments after the announcement of no charges. Preposterous!

NomonK
NomonK

I don't understand how a person can be arrested and charged on one person's accusations. Where are her collaborating witnesses. Where is her proof.
I feel this is a setup very similar to Judge Kavanaugh. But in today's world folks are guilty until proven innocent.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh well

Stanracer
Stanracer

Something is fishy here, for sure.

Raymelson
Raymelson

I think this is B,S

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

He said. She said. Where is the proof???????????????

NFPD103
NFPD103

it's a convenient charge made to keep the city from rioting because they could not find fault with the shooting, it remains to be seen if the charge can even be proven, which will most likely take several more months before it goes to trial. I just as soon wait and see what if any actual evidence is produced besides the word of the accuser.

sanman899
sanman899

And every agency in the Country is wondering where their next round of recruits will come from!!! I wouldn't do it again.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Anyone got the DNA to prove it? She said/He said. Disgusting. Anything to smear the life of a man who would have put his life on the line for her.

Woobie46
Woobie46

SUE THE BITCH. SHE DESERVES TO LOSE ANY/EVERYTHING SHE EVER EVEN THOUGHT OF HAVING. SUE SUE SUE!

ThomasAkexander
ThomasAkexander

This is utterly insane. Shooting this individual was a matter of self-defense plain and simple. He felt that he himself and his family had safety issues and ended up resigning. As if that wasn't enough now they're coming at him with a sexual charge utterly preposterous

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@yamapfaff It was only one shooting incident where the suspect was shot twice.

What ramped up this situation was the fact the suspect who was shot was black, the officer was white and South Bend has a very large black community so it didn’t matter to them if this was justified or not.

Furthermore, you’ve got a police chief who’s a democrat, serving under a rump roasting mayor who just lost a bid to become the darling for the democratic party against Trump.

So this may have come from somewhere else as it would be hard to believe buttigieg would think of having a woman with a man, it’s just not his style.

FM1
FM1

It doesn't matter what city or town South Bend or Any Bend once your city officials become polititions and are more concerned about getting reelected than what's best for the citizens then your city is in big time trouble.local polititions are no different than swamp polititions on Capitol hill once they start catering to special interest groups for voting favors it's to late.the only line of defense keeping the animals off the wall in ever city and town across our great country is local and state law enforcement and if we allow these politicians to throw our law enforcement officials under the bus and to the dogs every time they are accused of a offence in retaliation for doing their job then it want be long till we and our families will have to share time guarding our own walls.think about this seriously.there will always be the accuser's for personal reasons and the Al Sharptons for personal financial gain and race baiting and many other reasons all of which have absolutely nothing to do with the law enforcement safety of America's people.JGB

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

If this accusation is true, then it most likely did not happen one time. It would be interesting to know if they did a pretext call and he admitted to it. Interesting to see the outcome. The Sgt. should not have resigned over the shooting.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

It's just a false accusation to punish a good guy for defending himself.


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