Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg Peter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg wouldn't reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: 'What's done is done' Buttigieg wouldn't reverse US embassy move to Jerusalem: 'What's done is done 'Buttigieg: Iran situation' disturbingly reminiscent 'or lead-up to Iraq War MORE said he abruptly changed his campaign to return home to South Bend, Ind., where he serves as mayor, after a man died in a police-involved shooting.
The Associated Press reports Buttigieg returned to South Bend on Sunday and held a late-night press conference at the incident.
"We will be striving to reach out to community members," Buttigieg said, according to the AP, that a thorough investigation was underway after respondents responded to reports early Sunday morning of a person going through cars
The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office, which is investigating the incident, told the AP that a police officer confronted the man in an apartment complex parking lot when the man approached the officer wielding a knife. The officer reportedly shot and killed the man, later identified as South Bend resident Eric Logan.
Buttigieg said Sunday he decided to return to South Bend early following criticism from earlier in his mayoral tenure that he had failed to communicate with the community after Other officer-involved shootings.
"One of the reasons we're communicating upfront right now is because of lessons learned from members of the community," he said, according to CNN. "We've had cases of use of force incidents and officer-involved shootings where I'm hesitated, frankly, to get in front of cameras because we didn't know much, and it was out of our hands."
Buttigieg's was slated to attend a LGBT gala by the Democratic National Committee on Monday in New York before changing his plans.
Pete Buttigieg's husband, Chasten, will instead speak at the event Monday.