Crime Watch 8

IMPD releases video of police shooting at east side gas station

The video above may be disturbing to some viewers.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — New video released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows the graphic details of what happened during a police shooting in early September.

Police say detectives were looking for a James Williams, 33, at a gas station at the corner of 21st Street and Hawthorne Lane on the city’s east side. Williams was wanted for escape and weapons offenses, and was a serious violent felon due to past charges.

Investigators say they had also connected Williams to a double homicide on Aug. 1, a homicide and a nonfatal shooting in June 2020, and a hit-and-run in 2020.

Surveillance video from the gas station shows Williams exit the building, then run back in when confronted by officers in “police” vests. Officers shout commands at Williams to surrender and tell other customers to exit the building.

Video shows Williams pulling out a cellphone, then displaying a handgun and pointing it at officers.

Two officers then fired shots at Williams. After Williams drops to the ground, detectives come around the counter and are heard saying “do not move” before shooting him once more. It’s unclear if Williams raised his gun again.

Officers who fired their weapons were placed on administrative leave.

The civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will review the case.


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