Crime Watch 8

IMPD officer injured in exchange of gunfire amid chase released from hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis metropolitan police officer who was shot Saturday during an exchange of gunfire with a shooting suspect after a vehicle chase has been released from the hospital.

Police were called to the 6400 block of Kentstone Drive — that’s north and west of 62nd Street and Michigan Road — around 3:40 p.m. Saturday on a report of a person shot. Two people were found shot there. Both were taken to an area hospital, where one was in critical condition and the other was stable, Lt. Shane Foley said during a 5:50 p.m. press conference at 30th and Riverside.

As a result of the investigation, a pursuit with the shooting suspect began. That chase ended near West 30th Street and Riverside Drive. That’s where multiple IMPD officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, and one officer was shot multiple times.

“She is in good spirits. I’ve spoken to her at the hospital. She’s doing well,” said Chief Randal Taylor.

The suspect, who police did not identify, was also struck with gunfire and was in critical condition, Foley said.

A neighbor who lives on the area and only wanted to be identified by his first name, Scott, heard so many gunshots he thought it was fireworks.

“Just a guess but I’d say 50-80 really loud gunshots really quickly, then eerily quiet, then a lot of sirens,” Scott said.

Both scenes were active on Saturday evening and were being closed to the public for investigators to work, Foley said.

Multiple officers involved were wearing body cameras and at least one had a dash camera as well.

According to IMPD, there is no threat to the community at either scene, and no additional suspects were being sought.

Five officers fired their weapons, Officer Genae Cook with IMPD Public Affairs said at the scene. Those officers were put on administrative leave, as is standard in police-action shootings.

With the incident happening on the west side, just a couple miles away from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the race car engines will be heard loudly on Sunday, Scott said it’s sad another series of loud noises disturbed the peace inside his home Saturday.

“It’s a sadness, it’s a scar in the neighborhood and it’s a scar on our city’s best and biggest weekend,” Scott said.


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