Sergeant Ryan O'Neill has resigned from the South Bend Police Department
ABC57 contacted the department for more information after the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 announced in a press release that Sgt. O'Neill would resign on Monday.
“I can confirm that Sergeant Ryan O'Neill resigned from the South Bend Police Department effective immediately. I am in receipt of his resignation letter. I will have no further comment at this time.”
O'Neill is the officer who shot and killed Eric Logan, a suspect in a car burglary, in June.
“Sgt. O’Neill did his job and was forced to defend his own life from a convicted felon who was armed with an eight-inch hunting knife,” Harvey Mills, South Bend FOP President said in a press release. “We’re confident that the investigation into the shooting will determine that the action he took was justified based on the law and his training; however, job related stress, the lawsuit, national media attention, and hateful things said on social media have been difficult for O’Neill and his young family.”
The shooting has sparked a larger debate over race relations in the city of South Bend. Sgt. O'Neill is white and Logan is black.
We have reached out Mayor Pete Buttigieg's office for comment.