Patten returns to St. Joe County to face murder charge


CENTREVILLE – The suspect in two shootings last week is back in St. Joseph County.

Sheriff Brad Balk says 32 year old Zachary Patten returned to the county on Saturday after waiving extradition from Indiana. He is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail and will be arraigned this week.

Patten turned himself into police in South Bend on Friday.

The shootings happened Thursday night. Patten drove to his ex-wife's house on Featherstone Road in Florence Township around 10:15. Patten allegedly forced his way into the house and shot his ex-wife's new husband in the neck after a confrontation.

The victim, 29 year old Shane Richardson, was taken to Three Rivers Health, where he died a short time after arriving.

Patten is also expected to face charges in the shooting death of a 31-year-old woman in Kalamazoo earlier that evening.

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