Man dead, woman in critical condition after police shooting outside Lucas Oil Stadium
2 critical after armed robbery leads to police shooting
LATEST: The Marion County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in the police shooting as 27-year-old Ricktez Williams.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after Indianapolis police fired shots at them Friday night outside Lucas Oil Stadium, authorities say.
No additional information was immediately available on the identities of the two people shot. No officers were injured.
At around 9 p.m. Friday IMPD says officers responded to the 2200 block of S. Shelby Street for a report of an armed robbery of a business. Police then confirmed an armed robbery had occurred and a description of the suspect vehicle was given to officers in the area.
IMPD says the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Covert Robbery Detectives found the suspect vehicle in the 600 block of South Missouri Street, that’s west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
According to IMPD, officers tried to do a “pursuit prevention technique” on the suspect vehicle and said that the front seat passenger began firing shots at officers.
IMPD says three officers then started shooting and returning fire, striking both the man and woman in the suspect vehicle. A medic was on the scene and immediately rendered first aid to both suspects until Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) arrived on the scene.
Both people shot in the vehicle were transported to area hospitals in critical condition. Police say the man died at the scene. The Marion County Coroner’s Office is assisting IMPD in the investigation and will release the man’s identity after next-of-kin is notified.
At last check, the woman was listed in critical condition.
Police said the suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene and they shared a photo of the weapon.
IMPD says it is not looking for any additional suspects and the area is safe, although police will remain on the scene through much of the night.
IMPD says multiple officers were equipped with body-worn cameras, which were activated during the police shooting, and a police in-car dash camera.
According to police, the specific pursuit prevention technique utilized to stop the suspect vehicle was a Grappler Police Bumper. This is a tool utilized by the SWAT team to preemptively stop a vehicle when the occupant is a suspect in a violent crime or officers believe has a high likelihood of fleeing in the vehicle. Police say this method avoids the potential for a vehicle pursuit.
IMPD Internal Affairs is conducting a separate administrative investigation. The officers who fired their firearms have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting investigation.
No events were going on at Lucas Oil Stadium when the shooting happened, Young said.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, the stadium will host the Circle City Classic college football game. The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils will take on the North Carolina Central University Eagles. On Friday afternoon, the stadium hosted a pep rally featuring university bands and cheerleaders that are part of this year’s game.