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IMPD says stolen vehicle pursuit led to officer involved shooting on east side

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Feb 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-03 16:43:56-05

INDIANAPOLIS — According to IMPD, an officer involved shooting is being investigated on the near east side of Indianapolis.

Police said the incident started as a pursuit of a stolen vehicle from New Haven, Indiana that they were alerted to on Thursday.

Police say they were also alerted that a gun was inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

Police found the stolen black Ford F250 truck near 19th Street. and Campbell Avenue.

An officer attempted to stop the truck when the driver, 42-year-old George Leachman backed up and rammed the police car causing the car to be disabled.

More officers attempted to stop the suspect, but they were led on a pursuit that resulted in the suspect ramming two additional police cars.

The pursuit ended when officers fired at the suspect in the 300 block of Poplar Road.

According to police, the suspect was shot by two officers and was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The two officers were 4-year veteran Donald Fague and 7-year veteran Michael Herrera.

None of the 3 officers were shot during the incident and IMPD did not say if the suspect fired at the officers.

IMPD says they were transported to the hospital for minor injuries from crashing and being rammed by the suspect's vehicle.

Police said multiple body-worn cameras were activated during this incident.

Leachman was arrested for three counts of battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting law enforcement, which are both felonies, according to a police report.