Suspect dies after police shooting on Indy’s south side
Indianapolis police officer fatally shoots man after domestic disturbance
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man died Tuesday morning after he was shot by police on the south side of Indianapolis.
Just after 3 a.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to a domestic disturbance with a weapon.
The female caller reported a man, later identified as 37-year-old Eric Taylor, was going to “kill them all,” IMPD said in a release.
Officers found the female caller near the intersection of Madison Avenue and East Southport Road.
She told officers someone called to tell her that her ex-boyfriend — identified as Taylor — was on his way to her house to kill her. She said that she left her home with her kids and Taylor followed her, IMPD says.
Officers found Taylor’s vehicle in the area and tried to stop him, but he refused to pull over for officers and a chase began.
IMPD says the pursuit ended at the Bradford Lake Apartments on Portage Terrace near Stop 10 Road and Madison Avenue when Taylor stopped driving and got out of the vehicle with a gun in his hand.
“The suspect repeatedly said, ‘Shoot me,’ to the officers. Officers gave the suspect multiple commands to put the gun down and get on the ground. At some point, one officer fired his duty weapon, striking the suspect, at which point the suspect fell into the passenger seat,” IMPD said.
Officers gave Taylor medical aid until he was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. He died of his injuries a short time later.
Detectives found a handgun at the scene and learned Taylor and the female caller had been in a dispute over the last week, during which he had threatened to shoot her and commit suicide, IMPD says.
No officers were injured in the shooting and police are not looking for any other suspects.
Multiple officers were wearing body cameras that were activated at the time of the shooting.
The shooting is being investigated by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the IMPD Critical Response Team, and IMPD Internal Affairs.
The officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave.
The civilian-led Use of Force Review Board will hold a hearing on the use of deadly force at a later date.
Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Christopher Winter at the IMPD Homicide Office by calling 317-327-3475. Tips can be left anonymously with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana by calling 317-262-TIPS.
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