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Hundreds of get-well cards arrive for IMPD officer shot

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After a call from Indianapolis police to send get-well cards to its officer recovering from being shot, hundreds of good wishes have arrived at the hospital.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday afternoon tweeted photos of a table filled with cards, and a few of the messages from them. One get-well card, said, “Dear Officer, I am praying for you. I made a prayer for you. thank you for serving our city. Love Frances.”

Officer Thomas Mangan was shot while responding to a call on Feb. 27. He was shot in the neck, causing damage to his laryngeal cartilage (Adam’s apple) and voice box. Mangan has been a police officer for a year.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Mylik Hill, 31, for the shooting. Hill faces two counts of attempted murder, six counts of resisting law enforcement while drawing a weapon, a count of criminal recklessness, and a count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Hill on Jan. 31 was accused of committing theft, resisting law enforcement, and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle. Charged in Marion County Superior Court 19 for the theft case, the court allowed Hill to be released on $500 bond in the early morning hours of Feb. 1. The prosecutor’s office says his case was received at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, nearly 12 hours after he had bonded out.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Detective Sgt. Leslie Vanbuskirk at 317-327-3475 or by e-mail at

Those who want to send a card can mail them to IMPD Southeast District, Attn: Officer Thomas Mangan, 1150 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203.

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