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IMPD officer in viral photo describes moment he soothed child with autism

IMPD officer who helped child with autism talks

All In - News 8 at 4 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A photo shared hundreds of times over the weekend shows an IMPD officer helping calm a boy with autism. The officer joined “All IN” on Monday to talk about the special moment.

Officer Richard El explained that his job isn’t always about catching criminals — it’s about helping his community.

IMPD officers were flagged down by the child’s father while patrolling a neighborhood. The man told the officer his son ran away after a fight with his sister and he was scared.

El found the child a few blocks away and helped him calm down while they waited for the boy’s father to get there.

The Indianapolis native and Ben Davis High School graduate said knowing the signs of autism and using his training helped him comfort the boy until the family could be reunited.

Watch the video for his full interview.

A moment captured on camera between a child and an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer shows a different side to the work Indy officers do on a daily basis.

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Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid-20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. It will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.