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Cyclist dies at hospital after IMPD officer strikes him in patrol vehicle

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Jul 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-07 16:22:56-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An IMPD officer was involved in a crash resulting in the death of a bicyclist on Monday.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the crash occurred in the 3200 block of East 10th St. around 2:15 p.m.

According to police, an IMPD officer identified as 2-year-veteran Mark Brown, was responding to a domestic violence call and possible home invasion.

Police said Brown activated his emergency lights and sirens and was approaching N. LaSalle Street when a vehicle in front of the him attempted to start a left-hand turn as the officer was passing him on the left.

Brown attempted to avoid a collision with the vehicle but as the officer came around the vehicle, he collided with an adult male riding his bicycle westbound.

That cyclist was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. He later died at the hospital.

On Tuesday, the Marion County Coroner identified the man as 34-year-old Joseph Stiger.

Per IMPD policy, and state law, the officer was also taken to a hospital for a blood draw.

According to police, the officer was wearing a body camera.

An investigation is ongoing by IMPD.

Anyone with information is asked to call. Sgt. Whitesell with the IMPD Crash Investigators office. Alternatively, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.