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Man critically hurt when shot by police at apartments on south side

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man was taken to a hospital in serious condition after a police shooting happened Friday night along Madison Avenue on the city’s south side, authorities said late Friday night.

However, on Saturday, IMPD reported in a review of the shooting that the man’s condition was critical but stable when taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called about 8:21 p.m. Friday to multiple reports shots fired in the 7700 block of Hackberry Court. That’s in the Greentree Apartments off Madison Avenue north of Stop 11 Road.

The first officer on the scene found a man matching the description given by a caller. While being asked by the officer to drop his gun, the man shot at the officer.

More officers arrived and continued trying to get the man to drop his gun before shooting him.

No officers were injured in the shooting, IMPD said in a news release.

About 10 minutes after police responded, medics were sent to a gunshot scene in the same block.

In a tweet at 8:44 p.m. Friday, IMPD said, “There is no known threat to the community.”

IMPD said at the crime scene that all people involved have been identified, but the department spokesman provided no names.

The officers who shot the man was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shooting investigations.

On Sept. 7, IMPD identified the officers involved in the shooting as 19-year veteran Noel Gudat, 1-year veteran Daniel Beasley and 3-year veteran Kyle Runnels.

News release

INCIDENT TYPE: Shots Fired Call Leads to Officer-Involved Shooting

INCIDENT LOCATION: 7718 Hackberry Court

ASSIGNED DETECTIVE: Erika Jones; 317-327-3475; Erika.Jones@indy.gov

“On Friday, August 27, 2021, shortly before 8:30 pm, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were involved in an officer-involved shooting at 7700 Hackberry Court. The information provided is preliminary and subject to change. (Content was gathered from the police CAD and the preliminary investigation.

“Shortly before 8:30 pm, IMPD Southeast District officers responded to a report of shots fired at 7730 Hackberry Court.

“After arriving, officers located a male armed with a handgun. Officers told the suspect multiple times to drop the gun. The suspect was firing shots when officers arrived and continued firing them after being told to drop the gun. During the incident, the suspect fired shots at officers. The suspect later walked toward officers, pointed the handgun in direction of officers, and multiple officers fired their duty weapons striking the suspect. 

“Officers provided the suspect with medical attention. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service (IEMS) responded to the scene and transported the suspect to Eskenazi Hospital in critical but stable condition.

“Detectives learned the suspect fired in the direction of a citizen prior to officers’ arrival.

“No officers or other citizens were injured during this incident.

“Multiple officers had body-worn cameras which were activated at the time of the 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 IMPD Chaplain’s Office responded to provide assistance to people involved in this incident.

“The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene and is being consulted throughout the investigation.

“The Police Officer Support Team (POST) responded to provide peer support for officers.

“A separate administrative investigation is being conducted by IMPD Internal Affairs. The officers who fired their guns have been placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure in an officer involved shooting investigation. 

“The Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any use of deadly force against a person. 

“Detectives continue to canvass the area for witnesses and other evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Erika Jones at 317-327-3475 or by e-mail at Erika.Jones@indy.gov.

“Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.”

Advisory “Shots Fired Call Leads to Officer-Involved Shooting” from Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Aug. 28, 2021

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