Updated: May 2
At least three officers were wearing activated body-worn cameras at the time of the shooting.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) reported that an officer involved shooting took place on the 3300 block of Forest Manor Ave., just before 3:00 pm Tuesday afternoon.
IMPD, SWAT, Quick Response Force, officers, detectives, and ATF Agents assigned to the Indy Crime Gun Intelligence Center were tracking a 21-year-old male suspect who was wanted on two felony robbery warrants related to Marion County Community Corrections violations. The suspect was also being sought for questioning by homicide detectives for an ongoing murder investigation.
Officers spotted the male suspect in a vehicle which was traveling southbound on the 3300 block of N. Forest Manor Dr. Quick Response Force and Crime Gun Intelligence Center agents, in marked and unmarked vehicles conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle, which briefly stopped before fleeing southbound for a short distance. Officers used a pursuit intervention technique to stop the suspect vehicle.
The wanted suspect, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, jumped out of the vehicle and fired a gun at officers. Several officers returned fire, striking the suspect. A SWAT medic was on scene and immediately rendered first aid to the suspect until Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene. The suspect was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.
The suspect’s gun was recovered at the apprehension site.
At least three officers were wearing activated body-worn cameras at the time of the shooting. The officers who fired their guns are on administrative leave as is standard procedure in these incidents. No ATF agents fired their guns during this incident.
The driver was transported to an area hospital to be checked out and she has been released from the hospital.
The IMPD Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct the criminal investigation. The Marion County Forensic Services Agency is assisting with this investigation. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is engaged with the ongoing criminal investigation and will make a charging determination. A separate administrative investigation is being conducted by IMPD Internal Affairs.
Last year, Chief Randal Taylor announced the creation of a new civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board, which will have the authority to review uses of force by an IMPD officer, whether a physical altercation, deployment of a taser, or use of a firearm. The Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any use of deadly force against a person. Consistent with the Merit Law, the Use of Force Review Board will make an advisory finding related to this incident which will be limited to determining whether the officer’s actions were within departmental policy.