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Indiana State Trooper shoots person fleeing from traffic stop, suspect stable

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Posted at 12:53 PM, May 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-25 21:52:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Trooper has been involved in a shooting near the intersection of 34th Street and Franklin Road on the east side.

According to Indiana State Police, two State Troopers, both in the same fully marked police vehicle, were preparing to pull over a black Dodge Charger for erratic driving, including unsafe speed and following too closely at 12:21 p.m.

As the suspect vehicle was coming to a stop, a male passenger got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and fled on foot.

The troopers engaged in a foot pursuit with the male and reported via their police radio that they were in pursuit with an armed suspect.

According to ISP, moments later they reported the male was in custody and were requesting medics for the suspect due to a gunshot wound.

The troopers immediately began administering aid on the male. They say the only injury to the suspect was on his arm. He was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Preliminary information has determined the man who fled from the vehicle, identified as 23-year-old Mitez Harper, of Indianapolis, ran from troopers into a nearby neighborhood, carrying a handgun.

According to police, as he emerged from behind a house, he was encountered by Trooper Isaiah Henderson, a 2-and-a-half-year veteran of ISP.

Harper was armed with a black handgun with an extended magazine. Trooper Henderson fired one shot, striking Harper in the arm.

ISP says Harper then laid on the ground until being taken into custody by the troopers. Trooper Henderson was the only officer to discharge his weapon in this incident.

Per ISP protocol, Trooper Henderson will be placed on administrative duty.

According to ISP, Harper was wanted on an active warrant for kidnapping.

A handgun with an extended magazine was recovered from the scene.

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Both officers involved were equipped with body cameras, as well as a dash camera in the police vehicle. All cameras were activated during this incident and that footage is being reviewed by investigators.

ISP says the vehicle that the troopers were pulling over left the scene before the driver could be identified, the investigation into locating that vehicle is ongoing.