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1 person injured in officer-involved shooting on Indy's southeast side

Officers were uninjured in shooting
Beech Grove Officer Involved Shooting
Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-18 23:06:48-04

INDIANAPOLIS — One person was shot after at least one officer fired their weapon on a suspect on the southeast side of Indianapolis on Friday.

According to Indiana State Police, around 12:20 p.m., officers with Beech Grove Police Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a maroon Honda that was reported stolen at a gas station in the 3700 block of East Raymond Street.

The vehicle did not stop, and led police on a pursuit, according to ISP Sgt. John Perrine.

The pursuit concluded at 12:24 p.m. when a successful PIT maneuver was used. The Honda was immobilized.

ISP says when officers attempted to exit their patrol cars to apprehend the suspect, the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Gerald Smith, began driving the Honda back and forth, striking the police vehicles.

Beech Grove Officer Darrin McGuire fired one shot toward Smith who was still seated inside the Honda. The bullet struck Smith, ISP says.

Once Smith exited the vehicle, officers administered emergency medical aid until paramedics arrived. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

There were no officers injured, Perrine said.

Police said body cameras were being worn by officers.