Man dies in shootout with police

By The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND — A suspect died and a police officer and a police dog were shot during a shootout that ensued from serving an arrest warrant, authorities said.

The suspect, Rodney Ross, 30, shot at police and then fled a home as officers attempted to arrest him Tuesday morning, then died in the shootout when police found him hours later, authorities said.

An officer received a leg injury and was treated at a hospital before being released Tuesday night, Commander Mike Grezgorek of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit told the South Bend Tribune. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Officer identified him Wednesday as Officer Joseph Kasznia of the Pokagon Tribal Police Department. Kasznia is a member of the St. Joseph County Metro SWAT Team.

A police dog, Luna, also was shot and she was transported to North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in Westville for treatment.

Police arrived at the house around 11:45 a.m. looking for Ross, who was wanted out of Elkhart County for drug possession and having a firearm without a license.

Officers serving the warrant were shot at and and they returned fire. Ross then fled from the house into nearby woods, St. Joseph County Sheriff Bill Redman said. No officers were injured at that time.

Multiple agencies, including U.S. marshals, assisted county police and set up a large perimeter.

Ross was found during the search and fired upon police before officers returned fire, Grezgorek said.

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