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Lawrence police say suspect 'produced a weapon' before being shot by officer

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Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 27, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS — One man is dead after he led officers on a high-speed pursuit and was later shot by a Lawrence Police officer, according to Lawrence Police Chief Gary Woodruff.

According to Woodruff, at 3 p.m. near the intersection of 56th Street and Pendleton Pike officers located an occupied vehicle that had been reported stolen.

In an update Friday, police said there were three people in the vehicle and that the driver, Carlos Trotter, 36, initially complied with a traffic stop in the 10700 block of Pendleton Pike.

"The driver stopped but did not follow officer's commands to display his hands and exit the vehicle," a news release read.

Police say Trotter then drove away and at one point slowed down and the other two people in the vehicle got out and surrendered. Both were interviewed and released.

The pursuit continued into the 3100 block of N Shadeland Ave, where police say Trotter lost control of the vehicle and it came to a stop on the east side of the road.

"As officers converged on the driver of the vehicle, he initially refused to comply with officers’ directions to surrender, and instead produced a weapon," the release said.

After that, police say one Lawrence officer shot Trotter one time. That weapon was later found inside the vehicle, but police have not said what that weapon is.

Police could not go into details if "producing the weapon" was the suspect showing the weapon in a threatening manner.

Trotter was taken to the hospital but later died. The Marion County Coroner's Office ruled his death a homicide from a gunshot wound.

No police officers were injured in the incident. The officer who shot the weapon has been placed on temporary modified/administrative duty assignment pending the outcome of the investigation and administrative procedural review, both of which remain ongoing.