Crime Watch 8

Suspect hospitalized after police shooting on city’s west side

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A male suspect was hospitalized after being shot by police on the city’s west side Saturday morning. The two officers involved are on administrative leave.

Two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were working off-duty at El Chila Sports Bar located at 6380 W. 34th St. Saturday around 2 a.m. when they were notified by security guards about a disturbance in the parking lot. That’s near North High School Road on the city’s west side.

IMPD public information officer William Young said the officers encountered a male standing in the parking lot who had allegedly pointed a gun at a crowd outside. The officers asked the male to drop his weapon, but he did not, police said. That’s when both officers fired shots at the male, striking him.

The suspect ran from the scene but was apprehended a short time later near the intersection of 35th Street and North High School Road.

The suspect was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in stable condition. He is expected to survive his injuries.

No officers were hurt.

Young said both an internal and external investigation into the police shooting are underway. A firearm was recovered at the scene, he said.

The suspect has been preliminarily charged with two counts of pointing a firearm and possession of a handgun without a license.

Police believe there is no threat to the area.