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IMPD releases video of November police shooting outside west side bar

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 12:11:06-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released video and dispatch audio Tuesday that included footage of officers shooting a man during a Nov. 14 incident outside a sports bar on the west side.

The video shows IMPD Officers Keith Ortega and Roberto Sanchez shooting at Luis Suarez, 19, after Suarez allegedly pointed a gun at a group of people from across a parking lot following an altercation outside El Chila Sports Bar in the 6300 block of West 34th Street. Suarez was hit near his right arm pit and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The video, which included graphic imagery and language, was posted on YouTube.

Sanchez and Ortega were wearing their uniforms and working off-duty employment at the sports bar when security guards notified them around 2 a.m. of a disturbance involving multiple people at the entrance, according to the video.

Security camera footage showed Suarez being escorted from the sports bar following an altercation inside. Soon after, a group of people exited the bar and one man punched Suarez.

The video showed Suarez walking across the parking lot to a vehicle where police said he pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the group near the entrance.

"The officers gave multiple verbal commands to Mr. Suarez to drop the gun but he did not comply," the video said. "Both officers discharged their service weapons."

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In the security footage, Sanchez can be seen firing his weapon at Suarez, but Ortega is out of view.

The video released by IMPD includes footage from Ortega's body camera showing the moments when officers fired at Suarez and the chase that ended with his arrest near West 35th Street. Officers are shown providing medical aid before medics arrived and transported Suarez to Eskenazi Hospital.

Sanchez had not yet been provided with a bodycam, according to IMPD.

Prosecutors charged Suarez with two counts of pointing a firearm, criminal recklessness and carrying a handgun without a license.

IMPD's Critical Response Team is investigating the incident, and a separate and independent investigation will be conducted by IMPD's Internal Affairs Unit.

Warning: This video contains graphic images and language.