INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has released new details after officers fired shots at a man they claim fired on them first.
The incident began around 7 a.m. Sunday, February 2, when officers attempted a traffic stop on a driver traveling eastbound on East 10th Street and failing to dim their headlights. The driver started to pull over near N. Lasalle Street, according to IMPD, and then fled from officers leading them on a pursuit which ended at the intersection of South Lasalle Street and Moore Street. At the intersection, police say the driver got out of the vehicle and let it roll through the intersection and into a fence.
According to IMPD, the driver then allegedly turne and faced the officers, raising a black pistol and firing at least one shot. The officers returned fire.
The 24-year-old driver and a passenger inside the vehicle were both apprehended at the scene. The driver was unarmed and a search for a weapon was conducted in the area but police were unable to locate one.
No one was injured in the shooting.
The passenger was interviewed by police and then released.
The driver was arrested and is facing four preliminary charges of attempted murder and a serious violent felon.
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office will make a final charging decision on the case.
"As is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting, IMPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a parallel investigation to ensure compliance with departmental policy. The involved officers will be placed on Administrative Leave as the investigation is conducted, and will have access to IMPD’s wellness program for coping assistance during this time," IMPD said in their release.
Anyone with information about this or any crime should contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.