INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer was released from the hospital Tuesday morning after he was shot in the leg on the east side of Indianapolis earlier that morning.
The shooting happened near 21st Street and Ritter Avenue. There was crime scene tape at Greenway Apartments.
IMPD spokesman Chris Bailey said officers were dispatched to the apartments for a disturbance. On the way, that call changed to a shots fired call. Callers told dispatchers two men were shooting at each other in the courtyard of the apartment complex.
The first officer to the scene, Greg Stevens, encountered just one suspect in the courtyard. He ordered that suspect to drop his weapon, and the suspect did not comply. Police say that's when shots were exchanged. A second officer was close behind the first officer, and also fired his weapon.
Police say the suspect, Charles Williams, 22, of Gary, was taken to the hospital and was listed in fair condition. Police say upon his release from the hospital, he will face a preliminary charge of attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license.
24-Hour News 8 did a criminal background check and found that Williams did not have any priors in the state.
As for the other man that fired shots at Williams, police are saying very little about if he will face charges in the shootings.
Stevens, a four-year veteran of IMPD, says he can't wait to return to full duty status and get back out on the streets with his fellow officers.
Stevens is expected to make a full recovery. Before joining IMPD, he served three tours in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps.
"I can't wait to return to full duty status to get back out on the streets with my fellow officers," said Officer Stevens.
Those who live near the complex called Stevens a hero on how he ran into harms way.
"Extremely brave he didn't hide behind his car he ran right in there," said eye witness Michael Gable. "It was amazing."
The incident happened less than a week after another IMPD officer, Rod Bradway, was shot and killed on the northwest side of the city.
Despite the tumultuous week, Chief of Police Rick Hite says the men and women who wear blue are still prepared to protect.
"The bad guys are not going to win. The east district officers are some of the finest in the country," Hite said. "They believe in what they are doing and the mission they are on. They are succeeding and our numbers prove that."
Along with Hite, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs stopped by Wishard Memorial Hospital moments after learning about the shooting.
"This is the second time we've had an officer shot in less than a week. Shows you the difficult job they do day in and day out," Riggs said. "(The) bad guy (is) going to jail later. That's the good."
Ballard says incidents like this one are an ongoing battle.
"It is not unknown in cities across the country. We are doing better than most but quite a few cities are going through this," Ballard says. "Our (officers) have adjusted to what is going on out there. To have incidents back to back is shocking and heartbreaking to be honest with you."
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