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IMPD: Officer fires shot at suspect during vehicle pursuit on city’s near northwest side

Police shooting on city’s west side

UPDATE: In a Facebook post Sunday afternoon, IMPD released the following information: Detectives arrested 23-year-old Sebastian Jimenez for his alleged role in this incident. He was arrested for battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness (2 counts), and reckless driving. An arrest is merely an accusation, and he should be considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will make the final charging decision.”

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police are investigating after an officer fired shots at a suspect early Sunday morning on the city’s near northwest side.

At 12 a.m. Sunday, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 2800 block of Lafayette Road on a report of multiple vehicles driving recklessly and spinning in the area. Spinning is a trend of utilizing a public park, a parking lot, a street, intersections or even an interstate to perform an action commonly referred to as a doughnut in a vehicle.

Officers arrived on the scene to stop the reckless driving. At least one officer verbally reported to dispatch that he heard multiple gun shots fired in the area.

Following the gun shots fired, officers witnessed a vehicle nearby that was driving recklessly and almost struck several people. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop for aggressive and erratic driving. The vehicle refused to stop for officers and a vehicle pursuit followed.

Officers pursued the vehicle to a dead end in the 3000 block of Lincoln Road. The suspect vehicle then made a U-turn and rammed an IMPD vehicle head-on with an officer inside. Following that, a second officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting. However, neither the suspect driver nor the passenger was shot.

The vehicle continued back southbound at a high rate of speed to W. 30th Street to Tibbs Avenue, striking another uninvolved vehicle at the intersection before coming to a stop.

Officers then made contact with the suspect vehicle taking the driver and passenger into custody. The officers also rendered aid to the driver of the uninvolved vehicle until Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) arrived. The uninvolved driver was checked out by IEMS and released at the scene. The driver of the suspect vehicle and passenger were transported in stable condition to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Two officers involved received minor injuries and were transported to an area hospital.

Officers checked the nearby neighborhood and apartment complex and did not find additional injuries or property damage.

The officer, who fired his firearm, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting investigation.

Mugshot of 23-year-old Sebastian Jimenez (Provided Photo/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

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