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Police investigating after two found dead at Mishawaka home

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:49 AM EDT
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - Mishawaka police find two young men dead in their home on Burdette Street.

Police say they’re not searching for any suspects and there’s no threat to the public at this time.

16 News Now talked to neighbors who live near where police found 29-year-old Joseph Banks and 23-year-old Trevor Danneffel.

It didn’t take long for police to arrive after the shots went off, but they had to wait when no one answered the door.

A few hours later when S.W.A.T. members forced their way in, they found the two victims with fatal gunshot wounds.

Two shots happening around 10:45 P.M. Tuesday night started what would be a long night on Burdette Street in Mishawaka.

“I saw cops walking up and down the street. I saw cop cars everywhere. Lights flashing. things of that sort. I later came out a couple of hours later to smoke a cigarette and I had overheard the police department calling the person out of the home,” said neighbor Ashlynn Baczynski.

Before police could enter the home, they used their loudspeaker to get the attention of anyone inside saying, “Trevor, this is the Mishawaka Police Department. Come out of the front door of your residence with your hands above your head.”

“That went on for at least an hour. Probably more than that,” Baczynski said.

Photos on Joseph Bank’s Facebook page show he and Trevor Danneffel lived together and were in a relationship.

It wasn’t until SWAT members forced themselves into the home a couple of hours after police arrived that they found the two victims dead inside.

One neighbor told me police kept everyone away from the scene until they knew it was safe.

“Nervous because I didn’t know if there were going to be any shots hit at my house. Like my sister and her baby. There were holding pretty big guns so I didn’t know what to think,” said a neighbor who lives across the street, Austin McCurey.

McCurey said he got back from work around 11:30 P.M. and wasn’t allowed back in his house until around 3:00 A.M.

“I slept at this park for a minute and then I woke up and was hopeful that everything was done. I came back. There were still cops here, yellow tape lines like the caution tapes. I was like, ‘am I able to go inside. I have to go to sleep.’ They were like ‘yeah’. I was like, ‘is it safe?’ Then the fireman was like, ‘If it wasn’t safe, we wouldn’t be here.’” McCurey said.

“They were quiet neighbors. I mean, we’ve never really actually had a conversation with them but they’d wave here and there if we saw them outside and in passing, things of that sort. It’s just crazy because you never expect that,” Baczynski said.

Autopsies for both men are scheduled for Thursday in Kalamazoo.

Original Story:

Police are investigating after two men were found dead in a Mishawaka home.

Officers were called to the 800 block of Burdette Street for a report of shots fired just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they couldn’t make contact with people inside the home. That’s when the SWAT team was called to the scene and entered the property, discovering two bodies with apparent gunshot wounds.

Joseph Banks, 29, and Trevor Danneffel, 23, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies will take place in Kalamazoo.

The County Metro Homicide Unit is not pursuing any suspects at this time, and say there is no concern for public safety.

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