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IMPD conducts terrorism sweeps throughout city Sunday, finds no suspicious devices or activity

Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 05:56:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department conducted multiple sweeps Sunday in connection with the incidents in New Jersey and New York. 

IMPD said Monday that in light of the explosions and discovered bombs in those states, IMPD Chief Troy Riggs was in contact with local, state and federal partners to gather intelligence on the incidents.

The department conducted "a number of sweeps at undisclosed locations" throughout the city of Indianapolis Sunday, according to IMPD Major Richard Riddle.

The sweeps did not uncover any suspicious devices or activity in Indianapolis.

"At this time, we do not know of any specific threat to the Indianapolis region after these incidents, and we are not investigating any local cases in connection with the NJ or NY incident," Major Riddle said in a release Monday.

Indiana Governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence was also briefed Monday by Indiana Public Safety on the related incidents. 

“This morning, I met with my public safety and homeland security teams at the Governor’s Residence for a full briefing on the latest on investigations regarding the terrorist attacks this past weekend," Gov. Pence said in a release from the governor's office. "There is no higher priority than the safety and security of our citizens, and Hoosiers should feel confident that the state of Indiana is taking all appropriate steps to keep Hoosiers safe. In these uncertain times, the greatest safeguard for our communities is the vigilance of our citizens. We remind every Hoosier, if you see something, say something. If you observe suspicious activity, contact law enforcement immediately.”

If you see something suspicious, say something by contacting the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center (IIFC) at 1-877-226-1026 or iifc@iifc.in.gov. The purpose of IIFC is to collect, integrate, evaluate, analyze and disseminate information and intelligence to support local, state and federal agencies in detecting, preventing, and responding to criminal and terrorist activity. 

Other options are on-site security or local law enforcement administrative phone numbers or download the Indiana Homeland Security app. In any situation, if danger is imminent, call 911.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the injured and brave first responders following the terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota this weekend," said Gov. Pence.

An Afghan immigrant wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and a New Jersey shore town was captured Monday after being wounded in a shootout with police that erupted when he was discovered asleep in the doorway of a New Jersey bar, authorities said.

WABC-TV footage showed a man believed to be 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher in Linden, New Jersey. He appeared to be conscious and looking around.

Two officers were wounded in the gun battle but were not believed to have been seriously hurt, authorities said.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said that the owner of a bar reported someone asleep in the doorway of his business. A police officer went to investigate and recognized the man as Rahami, police and the mayor said.

Rahami pulled a gun and shot the officer — who was wearing a bulletproof vest — in the torso, and more officers joined in a running gun battle down the street and brought Rahami down, police Capt. James Sarnicki said.

The arrest came just hours after police issued a bulletin and photo of Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan with an address in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Read more on the latest about the arrest of Rahami here.