IMPD Officers Stabbed Leading to an Officer-Involved Shooting

Two officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were stabbed and were involved in an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at approximately 1:15 am, at 1400 Fairfield Avenue.

Shortly after 1:00 am, IMPD North District officers responded to a reported disturbance in the 1400 block of Fairfield Avenue.

After arriving, officers came into contact with an adult male who reported another individual was harassing him.  Officers told the male they would attempt to locate the person involved.  The officers turned, began walking away to continue the investigation, and were stabbed by the male complainant.  The male was armed with multiple knives which have been recovered at the scene. 

The two officers discharged their service weapons striking the suspect.  The officers were transported by other officers to Eskenazi Hospital in stable condition.

Officers provided the suspect with medical attention.  Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service (IEMS) responded to the scene and transported the suspect to Methodist Hospital and was most recently listed in stable condition.

No other officers or other citizens were injured during this incident.

Multiple officers had body-worn cameras which were activated at the time of the incident. 

The IMPD Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct the criminal investigation. The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency is assisting with this investigation.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) responded to the scene and is being consulted throughout the investigation. 

The Police Officer Support Team (POST) responded to provide peer support for officers.

A separate administrative investigation is being conducted by IMPD Internal Affairs. The officers who fired their guns have been placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure in an officer involved shooting investigation. 

The civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any use of deadly force against a person.  This occurs after the conclusion of the criminal process.

Detectives continue to canvass the area for witnesses and other evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Michael Duke at 317-327-3475 or by e-mail at Michael.Duke@indy.gov.

Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.

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