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Suspect killed, officer injured in latest officer-involved shooting 

Two days after a man was shot out of a tree by IMPD, another man is killed after shooting an officer in the leg

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A shooting incident on the east side of Indianapolis resulted in the death of a suspect and injury to an IMPD officer.  

According to IMPD, officers were conducting an investigation on East 21st Street and N. Shadeland Avenue around 5:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 when an officer recognized a man who had been trespassing at the Rodeway Inn.  

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“During that encounter, they asked the individual to put his hands on the car. He did not comply and fled from the officers on foot,” said IMPD Assistant Chief Chris Bailey. 

Bailey said officers were familiar with the man and did not chase him. The man ran into a local Burger King restaurant nearby.  

An employee working at the Burger King alerted officers that the suspect was inside the fast-food chain. Officers entered the business and located the suspect near the restrooms. 

The officers grabbed the man by the hands to get him to leave and he began to resist, Bailey said. 

Bailey said an officer and the man began fighting, and the man was able to unholster the officer’s gun and a shot was fired, striking the officer in the leg.  

IMPD originally said the officer was grazed and was in good condition. 

They have since said the involved officer has more injuries significant than originally thought. The officer has significant bullet fragments in his leg, with the largest fragment being close to his femur.

It is believed that some of those fragments may stay in his leg forever.

The officer used his secondary weapon to shoot the man who was taken to a local hospital in critical condition but died after arriving. 

Thursday’s shooting is the latest string of officer-involved shootings involving IMPD. The city has seen 14 shootings so far this year and 10 since Aug. 1. 

“It’s not lost on us that having so many in a short period of time people are asking, ‘Why?’ We don’t have those answers. Each shooting has their own sets of facts and circumstances,” said Bailey.  

“We’re going to look for some consultants to look at every one of these incidents, take a look at training, take a look at suspect behavior and all those indicators to see if there’s any commonality that exists.” 

IMPD Internal Affairs has opened a separate investigation into the police shooting. The officer who fired his gun has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure whenever an officer-involved shooting investigation is underway. 

Along with a separate administrative investigation, the civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any attempted use of deadly force against a person. 

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