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IMPD officer shot on southeast side, stable at hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer is stable after being shot on the southeast side early Sunday morning.

IMPD says the shooting happened around 2 a.m. in the Woodland Trails neighborhood near Arlington Avenue and Interstate 465. Officers were responding to check on a person in some type of emotional crisis.

The injured officer was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured and no officers discharged their weapons.

There is no immediate threat to the area.

Summary from IMPD:

  • IMPD Southeast District officers responded to check the welfare of an individual having a mental/emotional crisis. Responding officers were informed that the individual was having suicidal thoughts. 
  • Officers arrived at the scene and encountered the individual outside of a residence.
  • While waiting for medical transport, the male suspect unprovoked, lunged at the officer grabbing the officer’s gun, which was holstered.
  • During the fight for the gun, it discharged. 
  • The officer received a leg injury and the suspect received a minor injury to his finger. 
  • The suspect fled on foot and was apprehended by assisting officers.
  • The officer and suspect were both transported to area hospitals in stable condition. 
  • Officers had on body-worn cameras, which were activated at the time of the incident.  
  • IMPD’s Chaplain’s Office responded to the scene to provide support for individuals involved in this incident.
  • The IMPD Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct the criminal investigation. The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency is assisting with this investigation.
  • The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is being consulted throughout the investigation.
  • The Police Officer Support Team (POST) responded to provide peer support for officers.
  • The officer has been released from the hospital and is in good condition. 
  • As of this morning, the suspect is still in the hospital.
  • The suspect was preliminarily charged with battery on a police officer, criminal recklessness, disarming a law enforcement officer, and resisting law enforcement. 

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