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IMPD officer mistakes man for robber, shoots him

IMPD officer shoots suspect on city's NE side
IMPD officer shoots suspect on city's NE side
IMPD officer shoots suspect on city's NE side
Posted at 4:55 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 13:19:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- An officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shot and injured a man he mistook for a robbery suspect Tuesday morning.

The incident began around 4:30 a.m., when police responded to a call of a robbery on the 3600 block of Foxtail Drive, which is near the intersection of 38th Street and N. German Church Road.

Police say a woman was coming home from work when a man approached her with a gun, demanding her car.

The woman threw her keys and ran inside. Her husband came out with a gun to protect her.

The IMPD officer shot the husband, believing he was the suspect. He was shot in the stomach and is in serious condition. 

"Our prayers and thoughts are with him and the rest of the family," said Randal Taylor, the assistant chief of investigations for IMPD. "Just an unfortunate occurrence."

The officer wasn't hurt.

The suspect is still wanted by police.

Taylor said a number of protocols will now happen to the officer who fired the shots.

Representatives with the Fraternal Order of Police and Internal Affairs will be involved in the situation.

A grand jury will also review the case.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477. You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637. Your tip can be reported anonymously.