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Man Kills Three at Indiana Business

March 22, 2002

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ An employee shot and killed three people at an aircraft parts plant Friday morning, then led police on a high-speed chase that ended with him shot to death, police said.

The chase wound up across the state line in Michigan, several miles away, South Bend police secretary Diane Holycross said. It was not immediately clear if the suspect was killed by officers or shot himself.

The shootings happened at Bertrand Products, an aviation parts manufacturer near the South Bend Regional Airport on the city’s west side.

Memorial Hospital in South Bend was preparing to receive several injured people, but an exact number was not immediately known, said a staffer who would not give her name.

Deb Bonin, the wife of company President Paul Bonin, said he told her the shooter had worked at Bertrand’s shipping and receiving department.

Bonin said her husband was not at the plant at the time of the shooting because of a morning doctor’s appointment, but he had talked with other workers. About 50 people work there.

Five Bertrand employees ran to Attco Machine Products, a neighboring manufacturer, screaming for someone to call police, said Dawn Steinhofer, an administrative assistant at Attco.

South Bend is about 95 miles east of Chicago.

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