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IMPD involved in shooting at south side gas station

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Posted at 7:36 AM, Oct 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-07 14:18:45-05

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD is investigating an officer-involved shooting at the Speedway gas station located near the intersection of Raymond and Shelby streets on the city's south side.

In a public safety briefing, IMPD Public Information Officer Shane Foley said southeast district officers were at the scene of an armed robbery when they learned a 38-year-old male with a warrant was sitting inside a Chevrolet Impala.

That man was later identified as Antoine Beech.

At some point in speaking with Beech, at least one officer fired their weapon, according to IMPD.

According to IMPD, no officers were injured.

On Oct. 26, IMPD announced the officer involved in the incident was 8-year veteran Patrol Officer Ryan Thomas.

IMPD says Beech had two active warrants for violation of probation stemming from a cocaine dealing charge and multiple incidents of driving under the influence.

Police say Beech did have a firearm inside the vehicle and allegedly reached for the weapon before Thomas fired at him.

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Beech was formally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon on Nov. 7.

"If there are ways, as an agency and as a community, we can reduce these incidents we certainly want that to take place," said Lt. Foley.

Thursday morning’s shooting marks at least the eighth officer-involved shooting with IMPD officers in the last few months.

"Our community doesn’t want this to happen. Sometimes officers are faced with situations where they have to take action," Lt. Foley said.

IMPD says its Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene to conduct the criminal investigation. A separate administrative investigation is being conducted by IMPD Internal Affairs.

Thomas has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting investigation.

The civilian-majority Use of Force Review Board will conduct a mandatory hearing for any attempted use of deadly force against a person. This occurs after the conclusion of the criminal process.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Prater at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475. Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-272-8477 (TIPS).