Man facing attempted murder, battery, firearm charges for April incident

Ernest Glasper

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – One man is facing attempted murder, attempted battery, intimidation, and firearm charges for an incident that occurred in April, according to court documents.

On April 4, 2021, an officer with the South Bend Police Department was called to take a report regarding a shooting that occurred just outside of an apartment complex in South Bend.

The officer spoke to a person who said that she had been out with friends earlier in the evening when she encountered her ex-boyfriend, identified as Ernest Glasper, at a bar and that he was mad that she was out, according to court documents.

The victim stated that she left the bar with three friends to drive one of the friends to the apartment complex.

When the victim and her friends arrived at the apartment complex, they found Glasper had arrived ahead of them and blocked their way, court documents said.

The victim said that when she got out of the car to confront Glasper, he grabbed her by the hair and started a physical fight, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When the victim was able to break free from Glasper, he tore out some of her hair, court documents said.

The victim said that, during the fighting, Glasper said, “I’m going to kill you,” and that, as she started running away from him, Glasper produced a handgun and fired twice at her, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The victim reported that she is familiar with the gun because he bought it three weeks earlier with money she had given him to get her car fixed, court documents said.

She described the gun as being black on the top portion and silver on the bottom.

The victim said she saw the muzzle fire from the gun when he fired it, according to court documents.

The victim reported that he left the area after shooting at her and that she drove to the police station to make a report, court documents said.

The officer observed a portion of the victim’s hair to be missing.

The officer also spoke to two of the victim’s friends who were still with her and who confirmed the victim’s account of what happened.

The friends were specific that Glasper was firing the gun at the victim and not in the air or at anything else, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The friends also said they saw the muzzle fire from the gun and one of the friends specifically described the gun as being silver and black in color, according to court documents.

The officer confirmed there had been a report of shots fired near that apartment complex prior to the victim’s report.

Officers went to that complex and found two nine-millimeter bullet casings in the entry drive of the complex, court documents said.

A detective was unable to get a statement from Glasper, according to court documents.

Glasper is facing the following charges:

  • Attempted murder
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon
  • Intimidation
  • Carrying a handgun without a license

Glasper was previously convicted of the offense of use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence (carjacking) in 2008 and was previously convicted of the offense of domestic battery in 2006, according to the probable cause affidavit.

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