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2 in custody after officer fires at suspects during vehicle pursuit on south side

Pursuit ends in Greenwood after officer shoots at suspects

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man and a woman were taken into custody after they were cornered during a police chase and tried to use their vehicle to hit police officers, one of whom fired at the vehicle, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

Just after 8 p.m. Monday, police tried to make a traffic stop at Madison Avenue and East Epler Avenue on the south side. That’s about a mile southeast of the I-465 interchange with U.S. 31.

Police chased the vehicle to a dead end near Gilbert Avenue and South East Street. Police stepped out of their vehicle and gave the people in the other vehicle commands via a public-address system. The vehicle continued to ignore the officers, said Sgt. Grace Sibley, an IMPD spokeswoman. The suspects’ vehicle then made a U-turn and accelerated toward the officers outside their vehicle, which was when one of the officers fired an undetermined number of shots at the vehicle.

Initially, police had reported suspects also fired at officers, but authorities later said the suspect did not fire any shots.

The officer who fired the shots was injured, but the extent of her injuries were not immediately known. She was stable, Sibley said.

From the dead-end street, the pursuit resumed, but police lost the vehicle.

A vehicle description was broadcast via police radios, and the vehicle was found at the intersection of South East Street and Thompson Road. Another pursuit began, and the suspects’ vehicle struck an undetermined number of police and civilian vehicles, Sibley said. Police eventually stopped the vehicle in the 900 block of U.S. 31 in Greenwood. That’s just north of Fry Road and west of Greenwood Park Mall. That’s where police apprehended the man and woman.

Officers before 10 p.m. had not yet searched the vehicle and did not know if the suspects had a firearm in the vehicle.

It was not immediately known what charges the man and woman faced.

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