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Sheriff’s deputy returned fire during IHOP robbery, timeline shows

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH/AP) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Saturday released a timeline of events during Saturday morning’s officer-involved shooting.

An off-duty Marion County sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. David Clemons, was shot during an attempted robbery at an Indianapolis International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at 6901 W. 38th St., near the intersection with Interstate 465. 

Clemons was working as a security guard, according to the Associated Press.

Clemons was treated at a hospital and released after suffering a gunshot wound to his leg about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Indianapolis police say Clemons exchanged gunfire with two men trying to rob the restaurant. About 10 customers were in the restaurant at the time of the attempted holdup. It was not immediately clear if the suspects were arrested.

Anyone who has information about this incident is urged to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475.

An internal investigation will be conducted through the sheriff’s office’s internal affairs unit, IMPD reported Saturday. 

IMPD released the following timeline:

12:51 a.m. – Call comes in for person shot
12:53 – Suspect description broadcast, EMS clear to enter
12:53 – One officer (deputy) shot inside business
12:55 – Suspect description and direction of travel broadcast
12:55 – Code 1 broadcast: Officer needs emergency assistance
12:55 – 911 call from inside the business reporting someone shot
12:56 – Scene safe for medics
12:57 – Incident Command Established by Speedway Police
12:57 – Speedway Officer advises Deputy is awake and breathing and indicates location of injury
12:58 – Staff notifications are made via page
01:00 – Additional 911 caller at nearby business. Advises heard shots outside and then went inside business. Line disconnected.
01:01 – Officer (Deputy) being transported to hospital
01:03 – One person detained at nearby business
01:03 – CIRT & Homicide team responding
01:04 – Post Team Responding, MCSO Chaplain paged
01:05 – FOP Attorney paged
01:08 – All channel broadcast to disregard anyone not on-scene: sufficient help on-scene
01:10 – Homicide identifies several witnesses to interview
01:14 – Medic with deputy getting on I-65 South
01:15 – MCSO IA notified
01:16 – Media staging set in front of Marsh
01:24 – Firearm detection K9 requested. Officers checking the area behind business for suspect
01:24 – Evidence located in parking lot near loading bay of nearby business
01:31 – IMPD Late Shift Sergeant takes Incident Command
01:31 – EMS requested for a checkout of person detained
01:39 – K9 unit completes track in the area
01:43 – Confirmed that Sheriff Unit returned fire
01:44 – Hospitals notified to be on the lookout for possible walk-ins with gunshot wounds
01:52 – Command Van acknowledges request to respond
01:59 – Injured Deputy condition update
02:44 – Business manager arrived on-scene
04:21 – Witnesses transported to Homicide Office
05:07 – Witnesses transported back to crime scene
05:14 – Incident Command Terminated, scene released

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