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Man with gun fatally shot by IMPD officers during alleged domestic disturbance

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Posted at 3:57 AM, Sep 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-20 08:29:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were involved in a shooting on the city's south side that left one man dead.

The shooting happened just after 3 a.m. Sept. 19 in the 1800 block of Portage Terrace near the Bradford Lake Apartments and Townhomes near Madison Avenue and Stop 10 Road.

According to police, a woman called 911 claiming that she and her children were being followed by a man who had threated to "kill them all".

When officers caught up with the woman she told them that she had received a call that her ex-boyfriend, Eric Taylor, was on his way to her house to kill her. After receiving the call she said she got into her vehicle with her four children and Taylor began following them.

Officers attempted to stop Taylor's vehicle and he led them on a brief pursuit which ended with him pulling over and stepping out of the vehicle with a gun in his hand, according to police. Taylor refused repeated commands to drop the weapon, police said, and kept telling the officers "shoot me" before he was shot by at least one officer.

No officers were injured during the shooting.

Detectives located a single handgun on the scene.

The shooting left Taylor in critical condition and he was rushed to Eskenazi Hospital where he later died.

"This is a very tragic situation," IMPD Sgt. Shane Foley said. "Nobody wins in this incident. At the same time, we're thankful that the female who made contact with police is safe and we're thankful that her kids are safe. Had the police not responded — had she not left her home — we don't know what could've happened or how this could've ended tonight."

The incident remains under investigation by IMPD and IMPD Internal Affairs.

As is standard with any officer-involved shooting, the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave and IMPD Internal Affairs will conduct a separate administrative investigation.

The Use of Force Review Board will also conduct a mandatory hearing, after the conclusion of the criminal process.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will determine if any charges will be filed in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact IMPD Detective Christoper Winter at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.