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1 dead following shooting involving IMPD officers on Indy's northeast side

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Nov 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-24 16:10:27-05

INDIANAPOLIS — One person has died following a shooting involving IMPD officers on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

Shortly before 5 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers attempted to stop 30-year-old Demarqus Whitley, who had a warrant on multiple offenses involving firearms and theft, near 16th Street and Arlington Avenue.

According to police, Whitley stopped briefly before fleeing from officers. There was a vehicle pursuit that ended near 38th Street and Richardt Avenue.

Police say there were two individuals in the suspect vehicle. Whitley fled on foot in one direction while the passenger ran in another direction.

According to police, the passenger pulled an object from his waistband area, jumped a fence behind a residence and at some point, an officer-involved shooting occurred.

The passenger was transported to a local hospital in “very critical condition.” The passenger was later pronounced deceased.

No officers were reported to be injured.

Whitley was located shortly after and was not involved in the shooting.

Police say a firearm was recovered near the passenger at the scene.


The coroner’s office will release the name of the passenger once his family is notified.

The officer who fired his gun was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure during an officer-involved shooting investigation.

On Friday, Nov. 24, IMPD identified the officer involved as eight-year veteran Patrol Officer Mitchel Farnsley.