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IMPD officer shot, suspect killed after chase

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 22:02:58-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A traffic stop at a northwest side gas station ended Monday night with an IMPD officer shot in the leg and the suspect dead after leading police on a miles-long chase.

The incident began at the Marathon gas station near the intersection of 71st Street and Georgetown Road.

Police reportedly pulled over the driver of a white Buick thought to possibly be a burglary suspect. Officers attempted unsuccessfully to get the man to leave the car. The man reportedly became "very belligerent" and would not identify himself to officers. Officers broke his window and fired pepper ball rounds into the vehicle in an effort to gain compliance. A passenger inside the vehicle then got out, at which point the suspect fled the scene in the car.

A witness posted video of the interaction between police and the suspect to Facebook. View below (Caution: Video includes vulgar language): 

The chase moved to a nearby apartment complex, where the suspect reportedly shot at an IMPD officer, striking his car several times and hitting him in the right ankle. The officer also reportedly suffered a graze wound to the back of his head. Another officer in the same vehicle was struck by debris but did not require medical attention.

LISTEN | Scanner audio of chase, shooting

The officer was treated at IU Health Methodist Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He was released shortly after midnight Tuesday in good condition.


Call 6 Investigates say the suspect is 31-year-old Jeff Cornell Tyson, of Indianapolis. He led police on a high-speed chase for more than 30 miles around Indianapolis, eventually ending on the near-east side near the intersection of Rural Street and Newton Avenue.

Tyson was reportedly shot by police during an exchange of gunfire. Tyson was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The Indiana Department of Correction's website shows at least five convictions for robbery for Tyson since 2005, including one count of armed robbery.

Police say Tyson had a court summons issued for him Friday out of Warren County, Missouri, for a possible parole violation.

Gov. Mike Pence issued the following statement Monday about the shooting:

“Once again violence has found a member of our law enforcement community, this time in Indianapolis. I thank God that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer who was shot is in stable condition. He will remain in our prayers. Tonight's incident is yet another reminder of the risks our law enforcement officers face every day and how important it is that we stand with those who stand on the thin blue line.”