MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash Saturday night that killed a Mishawaka Police Department officer and his K-9 partner, according to a press release today from the St. Joseph County Police Department.
James Szuba, 42, who had been with Mishawaka police nearly seven years, died in an accident near the intersection of McKinley Highway and Fir Road around 9:20 p.m. Saturday. He was on-duty at the time and the accident also claimed the life of Ricky, an 8-year-old German Shepard police dog.
The driver of the car that collided with Szuba's patrol vehicle has been identified as Shawn Devine, 31, of Mishawaka. He was injured in the wreck and taken to an area hospital for treatment.
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