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Road rage suspect shoots at IMPD officer

Posted at 9:36 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-09 10:35:25-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis police officer responding to a road rage incident was shot at Friday night.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. near the intersection of 34th Street and Welch Drive on the west side.

According to IMPD, the officer saw a black vehicle chasing a white vehicle through the parking lot at a Speedway gas station at West 34th Street and Georgetown Road. 

The officer tried to catch up to the vehicles driving southbound on Georgetown Road. As the vehicles approached the intersection of Patricia Street and Welch Drive, the officer saw the black vehicle intentionally hit the back bumper of the white vehicle. As the officer tried to stop the black vehicle, a person inside reached out the driver's side window and shot at the officer's car multiple times, according to police. IMPD says the officer did not shoot back. 

The officer lost the vehicle, but a short time later, the car, a black 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, was found behind a home in the 4100 block of Red Bird Drive, which is about five miles from where the chase ended. The driver's side window was down, and officers saw ammunition on the driver's side floorboard and an empty holster on the passenger side floorboard, according to IMPD. Police also found spent shell casings near the intersection where the officer tried to stop the vehicle. 

After getting a warrant, the IMPD SWAT team went into the home, but the suspect was not found inside. A handgun and other items were taken from the home during the search warrant. The car was towed from the scene and will be processed for fingerprints and other forensic evidence. 

After being hit from behind, the driver of the white car left the scene before responding officers could check on them. Detectives would like the driver of that vehicle to contact them. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. 

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