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Indianapolis police officers shot a man May 31 after they say he charged them with a knife in a home.

The incident, which happened shortly before 5 a.m. at 21 S. Colorado Ave., started with officers responding to a report of a domestic disturbance involving a knife, according to an update from Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Dispatch was on the phone with officers as they arrived and gave them updates, including a man saying he was going to kill a woman. IMPD said the officers announced themselves and told everyone inside to exit the house. Officers then entered the house.

According to police, an adult man, later identified as 35-year-old Curtis Walker, came out of a room and charged the officers in a “rapid and aggressive manner.”

IMPD said it is believed two officers fired shots, and Walker was hit “multiple times.” IMPD did not say how many times the man was shot or if both officers shot him.

Police shared photos of the scene, including one of a serrated knife.

IMPD’s last update said Walker was listed in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital.

Police said an officer was also injured as a result of crossfire from another officer. He took a bullet to his ballistic vest, police said, and is listed in good condition.

That was the second time in three days an IMPD officer was shot.

On May 29, police said a man shot a female officer “multiple times” following a car chase near the 1600 block of West 30th Street. Police initially responded to a report of two people shot around 3:40 p.m. at the 6400 block of Kentstone Drive. Officers found the alleged suspect and tried to stop him, which is when he fled in a car.

The officer has since been released from the hospital.

IMPD said it is believed five officers and the alleged suspect “exchanged gunfire,” and the suspect was shot. The suspect is listed in critical condition at Eskenazi Hospital.

IMPD said officers had body cameras that were activated in both incidents.

Officers who fired their guns are on administrative leave, which is standard.

The IMPD Critical Incident Response Team will conduct an internal investigation, and IMPD Internal Affairs will conduct an administrative investigation.

The civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any use of deadly force. The board will make an advisory finding, which will be limited to determining whether the officers’ actions were within department policy.

Contact staff writer Tyler Fenwick at 317-762-7853. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.

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