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IMPD officers involved in shooting near Thatcher Park on west side

Vermont OIS
Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 02, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS — An officer-involved shooting has occurred on the city's west side.

According to IMPD, just after 11:35 p.m. officers with the department were involved in a shooting in the 5100 block of W. Vermont Street. This is near Thatcher Park.

The officers were in the area after being called for a person shot. Upon arrival, officers encountered the man who called in the front yard of a home.

According to police, the man was holding a firearm and showing it. After more than 16 commands from officers at the scene to drop the weapon, two IMPD officers fired their service weapons, according to police.

No officers were injured in the shooting, according to police.

In a press briefing, IMPD said the person shot by officers was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Detectives located a handgun at the scene and near where the suspect was located.

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Inside the home, IMPD says they found a note stating that the suspect planned to commit suicide. The suspect told medics that he shot himself multiple times and that he wanted to die.

No officers or uninvolved citizens were injured during the incident. 

In a second press briefing, IMPD says it has not yet been determined if the man shot himself of if he was shot by an officer.

The involved officers, 8-year veteran Officer Dustin Pervine and 14-year veteran Officer Peter Tomlinson, are on administrative leave, which is customary in officer-involved shootings. They were wearing body cams at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Larry Craciunoiu at the Homicide office by calling 317-327-3475. Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.