Further information on North Judson shooting released

By: 
Rachael Herbert-Varchetto
Editor

NORTH JUDSON — A North Judson man has been shot, according to an official release by the Indiana State Police (ISP) Nov. 3.
Currently, ISP detectives from the Lowell Post are investigating the case at the request of the Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin.
ISP report that at 11:45 a.m., the sheriff's department sent officers to a residence in the 5000 W block of 800 S, south of North Judson from a report of a domestic disturbance.
North Judson police and county deputies encountered suspect Richard Joseph Benwell, 29, of North Judson as he left the residence.
ISP reports Benwell refused to follow officer commands and tried to return inside the house when he was stopped.
It was reported that a fight ensued, with an officer's gun discharging twice during their struggle. No one was hit. Officers attempted to tase Benwell, who appeared not to respond to the attempt.
Benwell was shot once and an ambulance was called to the scene.
He was transported to North Judson High School and was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with non-life threatening injuries.
Names of officers will be released following the conclusion of the investigation by their respective departments.
Potentially taking weeks to complete, all reports will be submitted to the Starke County Prosecutor's Office for full review.
This story has been updated.