Thursday, February 29

IMPD: Officer shot in Fountain Square in serious but stable condition, suspect in critical condition

Anyone who lives near the 1600 block of Lexington Avenue and has surveillance footage of the incident is being asked to dial 911 or call IMPD at 317-327-3475.

INDIANAPOLIS — An IMPD officer is in serious but stable condition after being shot in Fountain Square on Sunday night. 

Shortly after 10 p.m., officers were called to a traffic accident in the 1600 block of Lexington Avenue, south of Southeastern Avenue near Prospect and Shelby streets in Fountain Square. It came shortly after a call of a person with the same description exposing himself in the area.

While responding to the accident, two officers came across a car matching the description and the driver matched the description of the person exposing themselves. 

The officers stopped the man and said he took off running. Officers ran after him and in an alley north of Woodlawn Avenue, IMPD said the suspect and one of the officers shot at each other.

Few details are available at this time. However, IMPD did say the officer was taken to Eskenazi Hospital and that there was a police presence at the hospital.

Police later confirmed the officer was in serious but stable condition. The officer’s identity is also being withheld at this time.

At around 11:15 p.m., IMPD said the suspect was located in the area of 900 Dawson Street. The suspect had been shot and officers found a gun nearby. That suspect was last listed in critical condition.

IMPD’s critical incident response team is in the area. Foley said that several streets will be blocked off for a few more hours while the team investigates.

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The officers involved in the chase and shooting were wearing bodycams and IMPD is promising a full investigation into the shooting.

An outpouring of support

After news of the shooting broke, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett took to social media to offer his prayers to the officer, the officer’s loved ones and the entire IMPD family. 

“In the face of danger, the officers of [IMPD] put their lives on the line to keep our community safe. Tonight we bear witness to that selfless action. Our prayers are with the officer shot, his loved ones, and the entire IMPD family,” the tweet read.

Fraternal Order of Police President Rick Snyder also joined in to show his support to the officer. 

IMPD Assistant Chief Chris Bailey tweeted a statement of appreciation for IMPD officers, the Indianapolis Fire Department and staff at Eskenazi Hospital.

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IMPD asks for public’s help

IMPD is asking anyone in the area with surveillance or doorbell cameras to check their footage. If you see anything suspicious, IMPD is asking you to call 911, IMPD detectives at 317-327-3475 or CrimeStoppers at 317-262-TIPS to remain anonymous.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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