Manager witnesses St. Joseph County police arresting Niles shooting suspect

NOW: Manager witnesses St. Joseph County police arresting Niles shooting suspect


ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.- A woman, shot in Niles, ended up at a Steak ‘n Shake in St. Joseph County.

James Robert Lampson was arrested in the parking lot. The last press release from Michigan State Police says he’s at the county jail awaiting extradition to Michigan, where he is facing attempted murder charges.

Manager of the Jimmy John’s next door, Gage Langenderfer, saw this unfold. “My employees and I noticed a guy being pulled out of a car, by teaser point,” says Langenderfer.

Langenderfer is what Jimmy John’s calls a first assistant. He oversees daily operations, but on Tuesday afternoon these daily operations came to a bit of a halt.

“At first I just thought it was some regular heroin overdose or something of that nature because they did pull an orange bag out and they ran up to the car,” he says.

Langenderfer is talking about incident that prompted St. Joseph county police to call up the Michigan State Police at about 3:30 p.m.

“You don’t hear that too often and you don’t witness it on scene,” says Langenderfer. “I don’t anyways. It was just odd.”

A woman, who had been shot on Rivers Court in Niles, was found at the parking lot of Steak ‘n Shake on 933.

Her estranged husband, Lampson, was arrested on the scene. Meanwhile, neighboring witnesses were trying to take cover.

“When they were pulling the guns out I told my employees to stay away from the windows,” says Langenderfer. “In that type of situation you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Police say the woman was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. She is expected to survive.

Langenderfer says this is playing a part in making the community immune to chaos.

“With the way the world is right now, people are used to it. You hear about the shootings in school and everything and it’s just horrible to hear, but I mean its life,” says Langenderfer. “It’s how the world is.”

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