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IMPD releases identity of officer involved in exchange of gunfire on Sunday

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 19:32:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Police have identified the officer involved in an exchange of gunfire on Sunday with a shooting suspect in Indianapolis.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the officer has been identified as Officer Marshall Berkebile, a 19-year veteran of the department.

It happened Sunday in the 4500 block of East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive. Police said just before noon Sunda officers were called on report of a disturbance with a gun at an apartment complex.

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As officers arrived, they observed a large group outside of a residence and heard several shots being fired. Police said officers encountered a male subject with a gun who pointed the gun at officers and fired at least one shot. The officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect, who had a firearm, was taken into custody.

IMPD also said they located two women who had sustained gunshot wounds prior to police arriving on scene. Both women were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

No officers were injured.

The incident remains under investigation by IMPD's Critical Incident Response Team. Detectives are working with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office,s the Marion County Forensic Services Agency and the Marion County Coroner's Office to ensure a fair and thorough investigation is completed.

There is also a separate internal investigation being conducted by IMPD's Internal Affairs Unit to ensure compliance with departmental policy, which is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. The IMPD Firearms Review Board will determine whether the use of force was within departmental compliance.

A review of Berkebile's personnel file released by IMPD shows he has two written reprimands on his record — one in Novebmer 2010 related to off-duty extra-duty employment, and a second in October 2014 for court appearance.

Berkebile also has four commendations on his record. He received a medal of valor in June 2006, a commendation letter in November 2008, a medal of bravery in November 2019 and a certificate of commendation in November 2019.