Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel signed a court document July 1 accepting the appointment of St. Joseph Circuit Court to become the special prosecuting attorney "to investigate, prosecute, if warranted, and/or take any other action deemed necessary relative to the matter of the investigation of an officer involved in a shooting resulting in the death of Eric Logan" June 16.

Another court document accepting Hertel's oath noted, "The special prosecutor is specifically granted the authority to consult with and/or utilize the Indiana State Police or any other law enforcement investigative agency that he deems appropriate in order to conduct a thorough and independent review of the incident ..."

The fatal shooting in South Bend was discussed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the recent Democratic candidates' debate.