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Four face preliminary charges in police action shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Three men and a teenager now face preliminary charges in Wednesday’s police action shooting on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

Bristol Hampton, Larry Jackson and Morgann Smith were all arrested for burglary and resisting law enforcement. A 17-year-old was also arrested for dangerous possession of a firearm as well as burglary and resisting law enforcement.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and detectives will review their findings and determine official charges.

The incident began in the 3100 block of Gerrard Avenue, which is near 30th Street and Moller Road. Officials say a neighbor saw the four suspects enter a home and walk out carrying electronics. The neighbor called police and provided a vehicle description. A nearby officer found the vehicle shortly after.

After locating the vehicle, the suspects fled. Initial information from IMPD stated the one of the suspects fired at the officer. IMPD now says that is unconfirmed. IMPD says that the officer saw a gun in the hand of one of the suspects. When the suspect raised his weapon at the officer, the officer fired several shots.

Neither the officer or any of the suspects were hurt. IMPD says that all of the suspects are in custody.

High School Road was closed between 34th Street and 38th Street while police investigated the incident.

People near the shooting scene were glad to hear IMPD made arrests, but officers were just glad the neighbor on Gerrard Avenue acted quickly when she saw suspicious activity.

“Someone did exactly what we ask every time,” said officer Rafael Diaz, IMPD public information officer. “If you see something call us and that’s exactly what this witness did.”

Police said a gun was also stolen from the home. There was no word yet on if all of the items taken have been recovered.

The officer involved will be placed on administrative leave, which IMPD says is standard procedure for any officer involved in a shooting investigation.

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