Just after 4:30 a.m., officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are sent to the 3600 block of Foxtail Drive reference an armed robbery in progress. A frantic caller, later determined to be the homeowner, told a 9-1-1 operator that a suspect had tried to assault and rob his wife with a gun described by the caller as a long gun. The caller went on to tell dispatchers that the suspect had stolen his wife’s black vehicle.
Dispatchers sent officers to the location on a robbery of a person armed with a long gun and driving the victim’s black vehicle. Before officers arrived the homeowner had disconnected with 9-1-1 dispatchers, but before disconnecting the homeowner yells, “is that him” thinking the suspect was still outside. Two responding officers arrived at the house shortly after the homeowner had disconnected with 911 and observed the black vehicle sitting in the driveway. Officers sought cover in an attempt to approach in a covert manner to investigate the vehicle. Moments later the homeowner, who was armed, is shot by a veteran police officer of 9-years. The second involved officer did not fire his weapon and is an 8-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The homeowner was shot one time in the stomach and was transported by EMS personnel to IU Health Methodist Hospital in serious condition. The victim is expected to survive his injuries. Investigators did recover a firearm from the scene believed to be the homeowners.
The involved officer has been placed on Administrative Leave (standard procedure) and will receive the proper coping services after a traumatic event. As with any officer-involved shooting, both a criminal and separate independent internal investigations will commence to include a review by the Firearms Review Board and Grand Jury.
Anyone with information about the robbery suspect described as a black male, light complexion, wearing a red and white jacket and a dark colored ball cap is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262.8477 or TIPS.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department would like to extend our collective thoughts and prayers with the unidentified homeowner as he recuperates from his injuries. Members of the Command Response Team remain available to provide the family comfort and understanding during this difficult time.