GOSHEN – We’re learning more about the man shot and killed by a police officer after leading cops on a 10-minute chase. Melvin Bledsoe III, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night. He lived just outside Goshen in Elkhart County.
It started when an Elkhart County sheriff’s deputy pulled Bledsoe over for a traffic violation near State Road 15 and County Road 40 after 10 p.m. Sunday.
Police said Bledsoe took off as the officer walked up to his truck.That officer ran back to his car and began pursuing Bledsoe’s white Ford pickup. Goshen police officers assisted in the pursuit as Bledsoe led officers on the nearly 4-mile chase into the city limits.
Greg Faubion, owner of Faubion Plumbing, Heating & A/C Inc. said police dispatchers called him at home right after Bledsoe crashed his truck into the side of Faubion’s business.
“You can just see where it actually burnt the exhaust right into the studs, sheared off the wires,” he said.