Indianapolis Police investigating second deadly officer-involved shooting in less than 8 hours

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INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN/WEHT) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) were involved in a deadly shooting on the city’s north side early Thursday.

It is the second such shooting in the city in less than eight hours.

According to IMPD, police were called to investigate a burglary around 1:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Woodglen Drive.

Officers said a man with a rifle fired at them.

“As they arrived on scene about two minutes later, and at about 1:37, one of the officers advised that there were shots being fired by a male with a rifle,” said IMPD’s Capt. Harold Turner.

“Quickly, officers were arriving on scene, and within a couple of minutes of the officers taking rifle rounds, the officers began returning fire to the individual,” Turner added.

Officers returned fire and struck the man, who died at the scene.

IMPD said four officers were involved in the incident, but no officers were injured

The investigation is ongoing.

For more details, visit WXIN’s website.

Late Wednesday afternoon, IMPD was also involved in a fatal shooting of a fleeing suspect on Indy’s northwest side.

The IMPD said the chase started around 6 p.m. Wednesday when officers saw a vehicle driving recklessly by them.

IMPD Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said the behavior was described as almost hitting another car and driving close to 90 mph.

Officers chased the driver to the area of 56th and Lafayette before terminating the pursuit.

An officer with the Northwest District, however, noticed the car going eastbound on 62nd and pulling into a parking lot before the driver got out of the vehicle.

The IMPD said the officer got out of his car and the driver started running away.

Bailey says there was a confrontation between the officer and suspect, in which the officer fired a taser at some point.

“Shots were fired. It is believed at this time that shots were fired by both the officer & the suspect,” Bailey said.

The man police were chasing died while the officer was uninjured. Police say a gun was recovered nearby.

The department is aware of a video that was posted on Facebook. Bailey said the department preserved the evidence and will use it if the information on it is appropriate to the investigation.

The IMPD said it closely scrutinizes all uses of force.

While they are withholding judgment on the actions of the involved officer at this time, the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

That shooting incident is also in the early stages of investigation.

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(This story was originally published on May 7, 2020)

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